Halter-less!

This striking 12 year old paint gelding was a bucking stock stallion for all of his life until a couple of days ago. He is now on the road to recovery and trust as he learns that not all humans are bad!

Halter-less!

Postby Juliane on Mon Aug 21, 2006 11:40 pm

I took the plunge a few days ago and removed Ace's halter. I had a couple panic attacks as I did so, hoping I would be able to catch him again, should I need to :)

The next day, I went to approach him and he seemed to be different - or maybe I was. It was like he knew he didn't have his halter on and I couldn't make him stay! :P However, he didn't make me work too hard before I was able to approach and love on him.

Since then, I've gone out morning and night to love on him. I also introduced him to a fly mask, which was pretty scary to him. The noise, the thing going over his eyes, the thing touching his ears! Oh my goodness!

In any case, each morning and night, I now go out and put his fly mask on or take it off - all without a halter being on. Yay! I guess I didn't have anything to be scared of after all, eh? :roll:

Here's a few pics of my attempt this evening to remove his halter. For some reason, this evening he was much more mischevious and made me work for a good 10 minutes before letting me take it off and rub his face down. What a goof ball!

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Postby pdevlieg on Tue Aug 22, 2006 7:23 am

Way to go! I know that was a huge step for both of you. This guy totally trusts you - the changes in him are monumental!
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Postby Rachelle on Tue Aug 22, 2006 7:29 am

Very brave, but it worked too! Excellent work. I think he's just playing trying to see if you're serious about wanting him or not... Good job.
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Postby cat_67 on Tue Aug 22, 2006 6:31 pm

Sunline's first reaction to the mask was pretty much "WHAT are you doing to me?" I discovered she's much happier if I hold it over her neck and slide it forward to her head than if I approach her head-on with it.

It's hard to get them to comprehend that you're trying to do them a big favor! But he looks like he's dealing with it just fine.
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Postby seahorse on Fri Aug 25, 2006 6:59 am

I continue to be amazed at what youhave accoplished with this horse. Both of you are incredible and I cannot wait to see the day when he is under saddle and you two are riding like the wind down the beach!
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