Lucky in the
While we were able to interact with Lucky using the
Gentling Wild Horses 101 approaches, he was still
extremely volatile at times, especially when it involved getting our hands
up around his poll. Lucky had an explosive response pattern which typically
would lead to his panicking and crashing a fence, hurting himself. We had to
get past this explosive point using some kind of confinement that would allow
him some "wiggle room" but in which he couldn't accelerate to becoming a danger
Once we got the Lucky Horse Rehabilitation Project panels put together, we put him in the Safe Squeeze. This permanent Safe Squeeze is similar to the temporary squeeze described in the Training Section with the exception that our panels are attached together by loops of chain rather than being tied off. The "entrance" end of the squeeze is held together by chains with carabiners that can quickly be snapped on and removed.
Here's how Lucky did in the squeeze. Although he didn't like people on his left side, his biggest hangup was being touched around the poll and ears. Herbie Kicker and Willis did lots of rubbing from both sides, then worked around his head with a rawhide loop.
People on both sides.
Rubbing his cheek with the loop
It took finesse and quiet persistence. Lucky had to understand that being approached
and touched in certain places did not constitute a mortal threat. He also had to
be able to generate some movement and we had to read his responses so he didn't
panic, kick out and get a leg through the squeeze.
The end product speaks for itself. By the fourth time in the squeeze, we were able to halter him and actually lead him around the stable.
A few munites after being haltered-
Please note that Lucky's ability to come out of the squeeze and be led around the stable is the result of our prior "Gentling Wild Horses 101" work. Without some interactive work with the horse, it is not appropriate to take a newly haltered horse from the squeeze into an unconfined area!
An effective and fun companion activity to the safe squeeze is the
Human Round Pen.
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