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post #1 of 46 Old 01-25-2017, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Horse Hates Blanket, Dangerously Sprinting Around!

I have an 8 year old horse that Ive had for 6 years and she's really used to everything, but we got her 2 year old sister recently and I don't think she was ever blanketed before because she hates it. We got new blankets for this winter with all the proper straps. My older horse was fine, but when we first put it on the younger one she freaked out and sprinted straight into the fence. She couldn't ever handle it after that so we tried putting her in the old blanket we used on my other horse before. It doesn't have as many straps so she likes it better, but its a little big on her. Last night she broke through some temporary fencing (we had to pen her up because she would run dangerously around the pasture) presumably because she was uncomfortable with the blanket. Any advice on how to make her more comfortable with being blanketed? I'm quite concerned for her safety, but it's super cold out this week so I don't want to not put a blanket on her!
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How does she react while your putting it on? Is she nervous then too? Maybe start with a saddle blanket. Waive it up and down, flop it all over where the blanket touches, Pull it off and let it hit the ground. Do that with the big blanket. She should stand there half asleep by the end of it. If the straps rub where she's not used to be safe but use ropes to simulate the straps. Lead her around with it on. Its not that she doesn't like it she's just confused.
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Well, she is not used to being blanketed, thus you should put her into some safe enclosure, like a corral, until she is, and not just turn her out
Would you put a saddle on a green two year old, and then just turn her out in some fencing??????
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Is it staticy? Constantly getting static shocks can spook a young horse pretty good if they are not used to being blanketed.
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post #5 of 46 Old 01-25-2017, 01:31 PM
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Desensitizing 101 is needed....

Sack her out, introduce it slowly and stay with her as a comfort to her, to reassure her this thing she knows not what it is nor why it smells funny is attacking her and she can't get away from it...
Again, stay with her...
She is frightened....her senses overwhelmed so she ran in panic.
You need to go back and start introducing something like this...
The damage has been you need to try to pacify her fear, help her to accept and be able to conquer the fear she learned and has now instilled in her...
You put it on and it bit her...she got injuries because of the blanket...she has reason to be fearful.
Slow down and start over...
Wash the blanket before reintroducing it to her to eliminate another horses scent or the scent of new
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I'd start over with her, instead of strapping it on try putting it over her back (not strapped on, just let her know it's OK), and get her used to it. She should soon learn it's not going to hurt her! :) I'd try this in an enclosure of some sort, not out in a field too so she doesn't run/injure herself. She's young, so this is something she needs to get used to gradually. The older horse already probably knows the blanket isn't some scary monster.
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maybe she has enough good fur to not need a blanket. how cold is "super cold"?, and does she come from a place where she is used to cold weather?
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Is she clipped? Hauled from a southern state far up north now?
If not, skip the blanket and sack her out like you would any other new scary thing later on when you have the time and space.
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Why blanket her? If she's in good weight, has some protection from the elements, has forage in front of her and isn't shivering, she's warmer left to her own device.
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Well, she is not used to being blanketed, thus you should put her into some safe enclosure, like a corral, until she is, and not just turn her out
Would you put a saddle on a green two year old, and then just turn her out in some fencing??????
This. She needs to get used to it.
Also agree with the does she need to be blanketed people. (Though good to get her used to it at some point either way) IME almost all blanketed horses (that aren't clipped) do not "NEED" the blanket, that said 3 of my 4 have had blankets on at various points during the year for various reasons, but if I did not blanket them? They would be fine.
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