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CW1996

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CW1996 says:

she hardly ever stands still...HELP

i've got a 4yo tb chesnut mare who is a cutie but whenever i take her in for a groom she just doesn't stand still! One moment shes fine and falling asleep and the next its just 'get off' me mode... Is this because she could be bored? Because of her young age? or does she just need to learn her manners? Because i no it can irritate horses if any bit of the tack is rubbing them eg, under the belly where the girth goes? ect... i read over the internet that chestnut mares are quite impatiant and wants to get going and gets bored just standing around?

 

Please help because i really do want her to have nice long grooms!

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*chip*

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*chip* says:

Re: she hardly ever stands still...HELP

chestnuts can have quite sensitive skin so maybe she thinks your being a bit rough with the brush? or shes ticklish. my youngster will stand still for a whie but he will get bored n wander a bit, he's 2. but my 5yr old stallion will stand all day to be brushed n have kisses, he dint used to like his legs being brushed but with time n workin on it while the snow was here hes now perfect n will even have bandages on

ride a gypsy vanner... it'll make your butt look smaller

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CW1996

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CW1996 says:

Re: she hardly ever stands still...HELP

i use soft brushes on her, and she to likes to have kisses and cuddles its just if you stand around grooming her for about 20mins she starts the just barge around?

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highlander

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highlander says:

Re: she hardly ever stands still...HELP

Sounds like she's just being impatience, I know my youngster is very very sensative and we only use natural brushes on him to make sure he's ok. Its still a long time for a horse of that age for stand still unless they completely love being groomed.

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It has been calculated thay any two thoroughbreds picked at random will on average have more than 13% of their genes in common.

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lester12033

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lester12033 says:

Re: she hardly ever stands still...HELP

i can empathise! My rising 8yo tb gelding is just the same. I have to tie him up sometimes because he wont stand still. He hates having his belly brushed and will constantly swat me with his tail whilst i am grooming him. He's never bitten me or kicked me but i think he's just thin skinned and a bit tickly! I also love to spend time grooming and especially when his coats coming out but i guess they have a personality like us too! One of the girls on the yard has him in training for kisses though! which he's trying very hard to get out of at the moment!

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mankyann

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mankyann says:

Re: she hardly ever stands still...HELP

Im the same with my horse! My 7yo hates being stood still. Sometimes he will be groomed for half an hour, sometimes im lucky to have 5 minutues quiet time to brush and tack up. He gets bored and hates being tied still even with a haynet!

 

I just have to judge what mood hes in and adapt what im doing to stop me or him getting aggrevated. Ie tack up and groom wuick if they are being stroppy!

 

You could try tieing up with haynet, or a toy... but if they really dislike being stood still, it wont keep them ocupied for long.

 

Just think yourself lucky to have 20 mins... look on the bright side, you will become a super speedy efficient groomer...more time for riding then! lol x

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CW1996

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CW1996 says:

Re: she hardly ever stands still...HELP

hehehe thank you :) i will try putting a hay net out!! see if that works haha!

 

I baught her some treats on sunday and i reward her when she stands still every 5 mins so she is getting there!!

x

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dexxy

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dexxy says:

Re: she hardly ever stands still...HELP

 Hey :)  I have a three year old, so I know where you're coming from!  20 minute is a looong time to be standing still for a youngster, so definitely have a haynet, and maybe do ten minutes twice a day if possible until she's a bit older?  If my boy fidgets I just hold the brush on him, and as soon as he stands still again I take the brush off as a reward.

 

Its also trial and error - I've found he hatess the brushes I've just gotten him (brand new, darn :( )  but he's much, much better with a sheepskin mitt.  I got it from robinsons and its sheepskin on one side and a cactus mitt on the other.  Another thing he loves is when I simply wear winter gloves and rub my palms all over him in circles, its more natural feeling for him I think.

 

 

My Cob is in mid teens and also used to be awful for it, and I just did the same as the youngster, gradually build up time, make it pleasant, and never groom when you're stressed, as its supposed to be relaxing x

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horselover18

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horselover18 says:

Re: she hardly ever stands still...HELP

Does she try to nip/bite you or is will she just move around etc? If she tries to nip/bite you, try softer brushes and brush a little lighter as thoroughbreds (especially chestnuts...so they say) have thinner coats. If she just won't stand still try giving her a hay net, it wont do her any harm and she will think she is being rewarded for standing still. Good luck!

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