The filly I just bought is VISIOUS! HELP!
I bought a six month old QH filly from a guy who had done nothing with her but halter broke her by tying her to the back of a tractor and dragging her until she gave to pressure and walked.
She's really sweet from the oustide of the fence but the second you approch her she pins her ears and turns to kick. she's fine to be touched on her neck and back but if you do anything else she flips out she's never had her feet handled either.
keep in mind that this filly is as big as a yearling so she's VERY strong and wants she gets going its tough to stop. He BEAT this poor baby into the trailer, and I dont blame her for being terrifed of people:sad: but how do i make her unafraid but at the same time break these habits.
Roundpen (or using the roundpen technique in a small arena). I am a huge believer because it starts to build the trust and make the horse think of you as the pack leader. After she's become more trusting, you can move onto other methods, but I really think that this is a great way to start because it keeps you a safe distance away from the firing end, but still allows you to get some serious work done. If you are unfamiliar with this method or are scared of her in any way, you need to get a qualified trainer (you can do more harm than good if you don't know what you're doing, and if you're scared she will feed off of your fear). Good luck!
I think the very first thing you might do is to gain her trust and confidence that you are not going to hurt her - thank god she isn't with that person anymore. I spend time sitting with my gang while they eat, not doing anything, they just know I'm there. Be around her as much as you can, give lots of pets where she likes. Does she come to you when you are on the "other" side of the fence?
You didn't say what your horse training experience is so...
Your main concern is not to get hurt or worse. If you can, find a local professional trainer to help undo what the original owner did. Its going to take some time.
Again staying safe is primary in this. Even though she is young she can do you a lot of damage if you don't know how to deal with her.
IMO you are going to need more than what can be explained to you in a forum post.
You should at the very least invest in the Parelli training DVDs or another video trainer you feel comfortable with. The Level 1 Parelli would be a good place to start.
Sorry to be blunt but your safety is most important.
just wanted to say it's not advisable to work a young horse in a small space or circle for too long...can lead to developmental problems :-)
My advice is with Vida's - i'd find a qualified trainer to help :-)
what kind of developmental problems??? i never knew that.
joint and limb problems...i've also heard of back problems caused by over-working a youngster
Here's a site (at the bottom)
Foal Growth: Special Care and Nutrition
I could be wrong by saying this because I havent delt with a young horse, Ive just delt with a horse that had an additude problem. But I did TONS of ground work and like rough tough kind, but not beating. You can build a lot from just a rope halter.
But if you have a round pen I would suggest that too cause then its just your energy working the horse and not a rope.
I think she is going to need more patience and time than other horses too. If this person has had her all her life, his abuse is all she knows :sad:. And her defense of herself is all she knows. You have to go that extra step to show her there is more to life that what he put her through. But once you make that connection and she trusts you...oh man its on then :razz:. You will be amazed at the progress she will make and the things she will be willing to do for you.
Im getting a little filly this weekend (the one pictured)she has never been neglected but hasnt been handled much. I agree with the others ill be doing lots of ground work with her and making a habit of tying her up everyday to brush her, pick her feet up and just generally get her used to me. I have an older TB for her to look up to which can make it a bit easier too. But if i can come up with any other handy hints through my little girl ill let you know. Good Luck:D
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