NOTE: On Desensitizing
You can over-desensitize a horse if you don’t do it
right, causing problems later on, such as control and safety
"Pucks Dandy Tule"
"Shasta" - Coming 3yr old APHA Bay/Tobiano Mare
Shasta came for Evaluation & Foundation Training to see if she will be suitable for a youth rider/owner.
She arrives hard to catch. She was domestic wild "unhandled" when owners got her and they leave a halter on her for ease of catching, but still have to work to catch her.
She leads, but snorty at everything around her, high anxiety level, which turned into obstinate behavior with onset of training.
As soon as Katie enters the pen, she worries and backs up...
Katie goes slow and talks to her without actually trying
to halter her, to build a basis of trust and friendship first, so
we're not just going for her face.
With head held up and away, she let's Katie put the halter over her nose...
Haltering... she's still unsure... but eventually relaxes
We need to look at her feet - she worries, but lets us take a quick look...
She is very out of balance, with the insides of both front feet considerably longer than the outsides. Both have under-run heels.
left front right front
Making contact with both ears (scratching for pleasure,
not grabbing to startle) and her mouth.
Halter removed, and rewarded with a neck massage....ears are back, but her lips say she likes it :-)
getting her used to the whip moving and touching her...it took some time for her to not run when she saw the whip move
Trimming her feet, left front done...
she likes her rewards...
standing good on the front here (she leaped over Katie a time or two thinking she had a trick on the other front foot)
she still sucked back a couple times, and gave a little grief, but quit leaping over Katie (I was holding her when she leaped - so no photos)
Shasta is showing that she needs lots of confidence building, so we take her outside for as much natural exposure as possible - she is snorty at everything
she crossed this log really nice, then rushed and got out of line for the next ones...
she now enjoys her outings tacked up...
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