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post #1 of 5 Old 06-23-2019, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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Buying Again

Hello everyone! I'm making the leap and buying another horse after 12 years. My first horse was my best friend and unfortunately was killed by the owner of the barn I kept him at (not intentionally) after that I never got back on another horse but after working at a barn this past year i decided there was a reason i started riding in the first place it's because it's where i belong. I finally found a horse I'm totally and completely in love with but he has some nervousness issues. He is very alert to his surroundings and doesnt seem to pay attention to my cues. Im wondering if puffs will help him?
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-23-2019, 02:23 AM
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Sorry about the tragic loss of your first horse. Can I ask, what do you mean by "puffs"? Do you mean ear mufflers? to reduce his hearing?
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-23-2019, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
Sorry about the tragic loss of your first horse. Can I ask, what do you mean by "puffs"? Do you mean ear mufflers? to reduce his hearing?
Yes that's what I meant lol sorry!
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-23-2019, 02:19 PM
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Just some thoughts .... I think you would need to determine whether this horse is like that 100% of the time he's awake, or just under certain circumstances, which might include being ridden or handled.

Has he been recently moved? Has something changed about his environment? Is he not used to you? Then time and exposure will help this issue. My horse threw herself a little fit yesterday getting rinsed off in the part of the barnyard she is always rinsed off after a ride. Because (as I eventually figured out), the manure piles next to it had been moved (one spread, the other turned into the spot it was in for further composting). Never that her run is right next to it so she saw it all happening -- she was seeing it from a different angle. DIFFERENT ANGLE! AGH! She settled down after I gave her a minute to adjust to the change.

Is there something big that is upsetting (like being alone?) Muffs won't help that.

Or is he not paying attention to you because your cues are not effective, and he's tuning you out? Muffs won't help that either.

I have no experience with them but thought they were mainly for horse shows where there are loudspeakers, loud applause, etc. that could be nervewracking for the horse.
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-23-2019, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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So I haven't actually had him yet ive ridden him once. But the owner who has been completely honest with me about everything which is rare told me that it's not that he spooks it's almost like he has horse ADHD. He has a beautiful soul and personality he just needs more confidence
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