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post #11 of 19 Old 09-25-2009, 04:54 PM
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The best thing is just to spend the time with her, the more the better. My last horse had no clue someone would go out just to groom him; in a couple of months, he started enjoying it, and would stand for hours for me to play with his mane and tail, and would fall asleep. If she's never been groomed just for the 'bonding' experience, you just got to do it.

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post #12 of 19 Old 09-25-2009, 05:21 PM
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My mare was 11 when I got her. When I first started grooming her she was anxious. However after a few weeks, when I would brush her should would move around to get me to brush her in certain spots. She likes her neck brushed best.

Brushing feels good to the horse and it will not take long for them to figure out that it is a good thing.

No washing can be another story. I started with a sponge on the lower legs (use dry and then wet). My mare doesn't care much for the water hose but will tolerant colt is scared to death of a water hose. If you have a problem there use a sponge and when you try a water hose...just start with a drip and use that on the feet. Wait till that is tolerable then turn the water up some.

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post #13 of 19 Old 09-25-2009, 05:23 PM
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Another thing be careful with spray bottles.

My mare could care less about being sprayed with a solution from a spray bottle. But spray my colt and you would think he had been shot....still working on that with him.
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post #14 of 19 Old 09-25-2009, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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we have given her a bath once, she danced around but didnt flat out freak. and the sray i dont think she minds because the owner does use fly spray on them all.
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post #15 of 19 Old 09-25-2009, 07:49 PM
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First, I would get her to where you can run your hand anywhere on her, get her used to you and her voice. Monty Roberts 'Join-Up' works excellent on remedial or spookish horses, even one's that haven't been handled much.

But I think gentling is the first key. Then we she is used to you, bring out the brushes. And she will still be nervous, but once you establish a bond, and you are in charge, she will let you brush her, eventually, it will be no big deal =]

(I like using a lot of natural horsemanship. Monty Roberts and this site: I like the best =] )

Stay safe and keep us posted on how she does!
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post #16 of 19 Old 09-25-2009, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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i will! one thing, i believe she is fairly decent with being touched, ive gotten in her stall and rana brush over her once or twice, i wanted to know the proper way of going about it. She has one spot on her she gets mad (pins ears back and bites) if you touch. (i believe from a surgery or accident..or both..when she was a foal) how do i handle this? it's like on her belly on her left side (girth area)
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post #17 of 19 Old 09-25-2009, 11:31 PM
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Hm, pain is not a good sign, esp. if she's expressing it to you so strongly. Has a vet checked her recently? What was the accident?


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post #18 of 19 Old 09-26-2009, 12:33 AM
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Ps. Some threads come up bolded and some don't because the ones that don't are ones you have looked at already and havn't had any new posts in them. The ones that are in bold are ones you either have not looked at or have changed since you last looked.
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post #19 of 19 Old 09-26-2009, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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no it was years ago. she is just irritable about it. it was when she was a foal, she is 9 now
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