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post #1 of 6 Old 09-09-2015, 02:11 AM Thread Starter
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On Crutches

I'm on crutches and Hunter is terrified of me now because of it. She snorts and runs off. Idk what to do. I sprained my ankle and she won't even come near me now when I come to feed her. Even just to have pet her would be nice while I'm on crutches. Any advice helps.
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-09-2015, 02:18 AM
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You now have a a couple big bad ******s at your side, it will take a while for your Horse to accept they will not reach out an get him.

I would suggest walking as close as possible without getting your Horse excited a few time and ignore your Horse, just walk around several times showing him that you and your new friends are not threat.
Then the next time, try doing the same closer and eventually you Horse should accept you and your new friends.

May take a couple of attempts or maybe 5 attempts, hard to say, hope it does not take the latter....

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sit, ice the ankle, keep it elevated and rest. I assume the doc told you that already.
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-09-2015, 07:56 AM
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Or going on what Tiny said, sit by the stall or where ever you have your horse, let her see you while you sit and ice your ankle near her, read a book and ignore her, have the crutches leaning near where she can see and sniff them.

I am very fortunate that mine never blinked when I have been on crutches. Now, when my arm was in a large bandaged half cast after surgery, they all had to cluster around me. Being on heavy duty pain meds, a bit unsteady, all of them giving me the once over as I smelled funny, it was as if they knew I was hurt and took precautions.
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-09-2015, 08:35 AM
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Let Hunter see you interacting with other people from afar with the crutches, and then move closer and do the same thing, ignoring him, only paying attention to him when you notice him calm down out of the corner of your eye. Just like desensitizing with other things, but a safer approach since you can't exactly jump out of the way if he spooks. :)

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