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I need help.
I have a 9 year old, Morgan mare. Who need training I rescued her 2 years ago.
I believe she was abused, and has trust issues. She doesn't like her back or back legs touched. Can anyone help, please!!!!!!!
Use a lung whip and make sure you stay away from her if she kicks. You can use the whip to touch her legs just rub up and down. If she kicks and moves. Just stay with her till she stops. Then reword and and repeat. However if she is super bad I would get a trainer or know someone that can you help you.
Lots of groundwork. Rub her and praise her for everything she does correctly. Pet her all over, yes even the legs (from a distance!) to gain her trust. Kicking out is a defense mechanism, spend as much time with her as you can.....it may take a while, but she'll come around! Good luck.
Respectfully, if you don't know what you should be doing, and she may be a bit more difficult than average too because of previous experiences, find a good trainer to help you, yesterday. Especially if this horse already has 'baggage' & you're inexperienced with training, it is too easy to make mistakes & make matters worse. If you've 'rescued' her, you obviously care, so you don't want to make life more difficult for her than it already is. And I assume that if you've had her that long, you haven't been neglecting her care because of lack of training, so you might ask your farrier for tips on how he goes about getting her to give her feet safely.
My yearling HATES her back legs touched, lol :) put a lunge rope on her, start doing the normal, throw the rope or a whip (lightly) across her back, down her butt, her legs, neck, and head, anywhere she moves, keep the exact same place (like bottom hind legs) until all 4 feet stop. Make sure your timing is pretty monotone, keep the same pace, and always have her eyes on you, desensitize anywhere that she has a "Don't touch me there" spot, my horse had a ton of them a week ago, her butt and hind legs are the only spots left right now. :p
When a horse doesn't like something being done it does not mean that it has been abused. It might have trust issues but that is because you are not the leader and she knows it.
Get a bamboo pole about 4 feet long. Tape a stuffed glove to the end and whilst standing at her shoulder rub the glove up and down her back leg. If she kicks give her a jolt with the halter rope but keep the hand on her legs even if it means poking it through to the other leg. She will soon realise that it is a waste of energy to fight it.
You need a good trainer to help you to understand how to handle and deal with this sort of situation.
Read this post I put up a while ago.
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