Editing to add:
All the pictures in this post were taken by The Kid…so instead of © WolfSong, they should read © Midnight Calico Farm. I will update them as soon as I have a chance!
The fun of working on desensitization with horses is the odd things you get to do to them. Not things that could hurt them-never that!!-but unusual, noisy things…things that they don’t have experience with, but might meet in a trail ride situation…or maybe not. Ultimately, when trying to desensitize a horse, what you are working for is a horse that doesn’t spook at odd things all the time. I want any horse I’m working with to trust that if I’m not freaked out by something, they don’t need to be…no matter how scary that thing is. Since we are not working on training our girls to sell, desensitizing is a huge part of working on the trust bond we have with them, and it’s important that we all do it with each horse. So, as much as Cookie trusts me, she also has to trust the Kid and Hubby too. Just like Sable has to trust Hubby and I, as well as The Kid.
Yesterday saw some desensitizing going on with all 4 horses. Walking over poles, plywood, and hats on the ground. Scary blankets, umbrellas, and sweaters, were tossed around. And then there was the jewelry…I have a silver belled necklace that Cookie wore as a headdress.
Keep in mind, this is the horse who has a fear of halters…and yet, she just dropped her head to let this go on. 🙂
She has come a long way from “everything scares me!!” to “well, if you must, but I better look pretty when you’re done!”
I must add this…she was ground tied the whole time this was going on. Kid was snapping photos, and we didn’t have a third person to hold the lead rope.