Safety Around Horses: Controlling a horses head

Safety Around Horses: Controlling a horses head


Ok, we’re doing a quick video talking about
fly masks again, I had a question, somebody said, “that’s all great that you can put your
fly mask on your horse but what about a horse that’s pretty nervous about that kind of thing”
and it just so happens this guy here can get a little bit nervous about putting his fly
mask on and one of the prerequisites of getting a fly mask on is to be able to control the
head, so if I put a little bit of pressure on him he’ll get it up high and he’ll get
a little nervous and he’ll be sort of unhappy and uncomfortable and it can be dangerous,
so if I try again, bring his head down, a little more and he’s kind of compliant right
now and I think it’s because I have this in my hand, I’m going to put that down and now
I’m going to ask differently, I’ll do this, all right, so you get his head down and then
if I bring the fly mask up and I sort of mess around he gets his head back up again, now
he can also get his head up very quickly and he’ll shake his head too, if I put a little
more pressure on here, he’ll do that and now he’s left I have to go get him the point of
showing that, showing how you can do something that can take a really good horse, which I’ll
show you in just a second and turn him into something that can be afraid or wanting to
get away like that, so you have to be very careful and this is just another example of
how it’s important to be safe around horses to watch them to pay attention to them to
understand that they can move and they can move in whatever direction they want to through
you if need be if you’re not aware or if you give too much pressure if you do something
that makes them feel unsafe, so anyways I’m going to go get him and I’ll be right back. OK almost, come on big guy, I just want a
little forward movement, now I’m just tapping him because he’s not sure what I want, I know
I need forward, he’s thinking, hi, can I get forward? There, now over, ok I think we’re back, so
now something to think about with this guy is he wants to eat, he wants to get away,
Luke’s over there even though he’s kind of sleeping and taking it easy, now I can probably
gently and slowly get his head down and pet him, I’m going to take my time I’m not going
to really pressure him too much and I’ll just be really nice about it, so if I put more
pressure on him he’s going to want to bring his head up and he’ll try to get away, I don’t
have a rope on him, I’m asking him to be here with me, I’m not making him be here with me,
I have very gentle and nice touches on his face and his head, I’ll ask again, I’ll just,
there, just those little bits there, like that, allows me to ask him in a very safe
way he might not feel nervous. So I have my fly mask here, I’m just going
to put this down for a second because he doesn’t like the fly mask very much, but watch this
when I bring the halter up, now I’ll show it to him and he’ll kind of be ready for that,
try on the other side, because he’s actually very good at haltering, I’ll ask him again
and he just puts his nose right in there, so now I have a halter on him, so it’s another
thing to think about if you want to get them in a different frame of mind, a different
way to think that when they have a rope on them or a halter on them then they are under
control or should be subdued or should understand they are going to go do something or be somewhere
and now when I give pressure it’s no problem at all, he keeps his head down, there’s no
trouble so if you have a horse that maybe doesn’t really handle having their head put
down so well or controlled or on top of or all over, I couldn’t really do this at first,
he would try to get away but now with a halter on he’s a little more prepared to do maybe
what I ask of him, he doesn’t seem to be overly nervous anymore, I’ll take the halter off
and that might just be a good first step to getting them to where now I could hopefully
do this because he’ll still be in the same frame of mind, so we’ll take our fly mask
at this point and I’ll just ask him to come over, so he brings his head up, this is just
a really good example where we can just keep trying, gently and slowly, I’ll try again,
bring the fly mask over, put it over his ears, and I’m putting a little pressure with my
arm here because he’s lifting up, so I have to push down a little but I’m going with him
a little bit, so I’m not going to trap him but I am going to ask him to come back to
where we started, no pressure take his fly mask, and I still have my arm over him, something
to keep in mind, there are flies around so another safety tip, try to keep your head
away, I’m going to ask him to bring it down a little bit because he’s pressuring my arm
upwards, so I’ll just put a little pressure here, ask him to come down, put it on and
I’m done, now I won’t let him take off on me, I won’t let him just leave until I’m ready
to let him go, so now we’re good, I might ask him for one more, and just say hey please,
he says no problem and now I’ll let him go back to eat and that is sort of something
to think about where you might need a tool if they’re worried, something that gets them
in a different frame of mind but more or less what we’re trying to get past is their concern
or their worry about putting their head down because it’s a vulnerable position to be in
but to do it with us it should be a safe place so you just have to be patient and kind and
careful about it and then they walk off just fine with a good memory or a good feeling
from it and the more you do that the more they just get used to it and you don’t have
to do that anymore so it makes it easier for the next time. Anyways, so hopefully that helps a little
bit to sort of follow with the last one which I’ll link below about my points about using
fly masks and what they’re good for and some more safety tips in there I think and yeah
if you have any questions then let me know if not then thanks for watching and I’ll see
you guys next time

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