Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
• Horses: 0
First good for you for realizing the mare might be doing something from old training and it's not a discipline issue:).
I have always allowed my horses to smell the medicine, while pointing where I need to use it. One horse just about needs to read the label if I'm using something new.
For example while they sniff the kind of meds you're going to use, I would point and say "your nose". In your Arab's case, I might unobtrusively and gently tap the top of the nose or gently run my hand from the area where a hackamore piece would go, down to the area where you need to put the meds.
My oneriest "I don't have to" horse even tilts his big head toward me when I show him the meds, point and say "your ear". He's been with me 21 of his 23 years but he will still sometimes react on his left ear from people grabbing and twisting his ear to get him to be still.
It may take awhile and she may never get that piece of training completely out of her head, so it will always be something you will have to be conscious of and not reprimand her for.
A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.
I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.