I am hoping some1 may have some advise for me about a horse that I rescued last year.
He is a 5yr old 17hh thoroughbred that came to me in horrific condition. He was extremely underweight, dehydrated, full of worms and basically on his last legs!!!
I could not touch him without him flinching and caused him too much trauma putting his head collar on so decided to let him follow the other horses when turning them out and bringing them back in. After a lot of TLC he has now come round and lets me do almost everything with him, lead him, groom him, stroke him, even long reign him, lunge him and I have now backed him.
The problem is the tips of his ears!!! I can touch at the top of his mane, in between his ears and although I can tell he is not keen,, he does let me. He is fine to put his head collar on now but when it comes to the bridle he is quite dangerous. When I try to put his ears through the bridle he goes ballistic, head shaking and nearly knocking me unconscious! I have solved the problem by taking the brow band off the bridle completely and when I put the bridle on I undo one of the cheek pieces, put the head piece over his head, bit in his mouth then fasten the cheek piece back up.
I would be grateful if any1 had any tips or ideas that you think might help.