Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Where the red fern grows....
I have a draft mare that I have had for going on 12 years now who HATES being hosed down, and when I showed and they had to be clean, this presented a bit of a challenge as she hated to be hosed down. I would start with her legs, standing right next to her and talking the whole time, an occasional cookie for incentive to stand to behave, did this quite a lot, just wash her legs then when she would calm down would move up a bit further, etc.
She never would stand perfectly still like her team mate, who goes to sleep as she loves being bathed, but I wasn't going to use a chain shank to MAKE them do something that, if I took my time, could get it done and a much better lesson and go away with the horse not remembering the harshness but the working together more efficiently.
It takes time to work with a horse, no don't let them get away with being the fool but don't resort to force or demanding, take your time, talk to them, start with their hooves, work your way up, if they only let you get to their knees one day, end on a good note that day then try again the next day, work with your horse, don't force. It gets you nowhere.