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midnight dream 04-07-2013 05:02 PM

what can i do?
i have a 3 year old heavy cob that i have had since october he seems really calm and sane. yes i know he is young and inexperienced but since he was young he has worn rugs and every time i go to put one on him. pick a rug up or any way on how i approach and put it on him he is completly scared and wants to get as far away as possible. the good thing is he has no nasty bone in his body also while getting on and off when backing the last month he is very frightened of any movements but he was okay with this before its like the more i do with him the worse he is getting worse which makes me think im doing things the wrong way which iv been told im not!
but if anyone has any tips that they can give me please !!

Hang on Fi 04-07-2013 05:05 PM

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Are you the only one who puts the rug on him or does someone else occasionally?

Only reason I ask is my husband's miniature is very startled by her rug if you move it around too quickly. The sound just is something she doesn't care for.

If someone else is taking the rug off they could be yanking it off without any regards to his age and mental maturity.

midnight dream 04-07-2013 05:20 PM

yes im the only one as im on my own land and boyfriend doesnt do horses but never chucked the rug on him or taken it off quickly or even scared him in any way as soon as he sees me pick it up he starts getting nervous and starts backing away from me dont know what to do as iv never done anything to frighten him with a rug and has been wearing them since before winter

midnight dream 04-07-2013 05:21 PM

and seems like he is getting worse with it

Shropshirerosie 04-07-2013 05:28 PM

Hello OP, I'm suspecting that as he becomes a 'bored teenager' he may be creating amusements and you are unwittingly feeding it. Do you think you are anticipating problems with the rug, and letting him mess about? If he is tied up and you are grooming him can you put a saddle cloth on him without fuss? Then perhaps your coat? Do you correct him with a stern word if he messes when you do those things?

How is he generally in your space? Does he crowd you?

midnight dream 04-07-2013 05:59 PM

hey!! and thinking about it hes like it with saddle and saddle cloth :S i did some excerices to see if his back was out and nothing hes completly fine he does have a stern word if he plays up and he does try and barge, and push but he listens when i tell him to back up or just push him away butt yes i did think maybe it was the naughty teenager thing also iv thought to put a change in the food im feeding since i have had him he has been on sugarbeet, mollychaff, biotin, garlic and cool mix ashe was a little under waight and growing he is also on haylage as i am unable to soak hay atm as he has a dust alergy so thought maybe he was getting heated off anything?

Skyseternalangel 04-07-2013 06:05 PM

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This is what my gelding was doing to people. It's a game. Just get him to stand with no reaction from you and he'll soon stop.

Just a case of not making it a big deal. If he continues being squirrely, correct him if he tries to run (so have him in a halter) and then just get him to stand again.

Best of luck :)

midnight dream 04-07-2013 06:23 PM

well i do leave him tied up on the yard and leave him but he is fidgety i find that he is very nosey and wants to know whats going on also he is very fidgety in the stable. also when you mean just stand him in front of me of just on his own? will try this.

Skyseternalangel 04-07-2013 06:49 PM

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Originally Posted by midnight dream (Post 2157009)
well i do leave him tied up on the yard and leave him but he is fidgety i find that he is very nosey and wants to know whats going on also he is very fidgety in the stable. also when you mean just stand him in front of me of just on his own? will try this.

Well when I put a "rug" on my horse, I stand by his shoulder, holding onto the leadrope, and set the blanket on him and then clip the front, do the belly band, and then the leg straps.

So when I say make him stand there, just wherever place he needs to be for you to put that rug/blanket on safely.

The fidgeting sound like he's just bored or anxious. Some people have different ideas of how to teach the horse to be quiet.. but it should start with him not being a goose for the rugging.

midnight dream 04-07-2013 06:55 PM

thankyou :) sounds helpful, (thats how i rug him as once rug is on him he is completly fine would you also suggest i rug him then take is of and keep doing this untill he starts standing with no fuss at all? or just do it the once as i take his rug off every single day to check him over and he is the same everyday and seems to be worse everyday. also thanks for your advice

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