I picked up a 12 yr old mare who was extemely reactive when she came. Because I didn't know what she had been through, I have been working at her pace, taking things really slow... It's been a year and she has come a long way, She only recently allowed me to sit on her for more than a couple of seconds! We also had to switch farriers, but only because the mistrust she has of men. She has had no issue with my female farrier... In the meantime she is getting used to my husband and our vet when they come out to the barn... I hope to reintroduce her to my male farrier and we plan to over the summer to see if she is any better.Hey all! So I bought this 3yo filly in September. She is sweet natured but touchy, I was told she wasn’t handled much so assumed this was just from that. I have been working with her on desensitization and getting her ready to carry a rider. I started slow, teaching her to lunge where she first started out having tantrums not wanting to move out and flying backwards (almost scared I was going to smack her). ..............................
I'm also in no hurry but hope to be in the saddle and on the trails this summer.. But that's my hope for us.
Sometimes if they have been through a rough patch, it may take a lot longer than most people are willing to put in...