Join Date: May 2013
Location: Central Florida
• Horses: 0
Rather than trying to touch him on the nose, I'd offer my hand and let his natural curiosity cause him to touch me with his nose. When he did, I'd briefly and nonchalantly rub where I could touch without moving my hand,just maybe wiggle a finger to rub with. Then slowly build from there, and sometimes offer a cookie for motivation. I think pretty soon he will regain his trust and allow you to rub his nose. Horses are very forgiving.
For the fluffy gloves, I'd hold them out and offer to let him sniff them, but not try to make him. If he does, great. If not, no big deal. Step to near his withers and see if he can stay relaxed while you rub him on his withers and side with them. If that goes easily, then move to his neck. Build from there untill you can rub his jaw and face with them, just make sure that they won't 'bite' him. I do think that in their own way horses understand the difference in intentional pain inflicted and accidental, and are even more forgiving than usual when it was accidental. I've experienced that with Sonny, and had an incident yesterday with the horse I am allowed to ride at my neighbor's farm. I was giving the saddle a prepatory swing , as I usually swing it back and forth a couple of times to build momentum before actually giving it the biggest swing to toss it on her back. One of the leather tie strings must have popped her on the flank because she flinched strongly and looked at me like 'what the heck?!'. I apologized , yes, actually out loud, to her and laughed at myself, she held no resentment,,never tried to cow kick in my direction, or bite, and stood steady when I started swinging i again. Of all the times that I've saddled that way, that was the first time I'd ever accidently popped a horse with a string.
Be as soft as possible, but as firm as necessary--Pat Parelli