A horse doesnt forget experiences like ur horse has had.
the way to get them to overcome their fears is by taking each experience one at a time.
U hafta get him to associate something that hes afraid of with something nice.
For example the wip. first place the wip somewhere in his sight like against the wall. while ur grooming him. This way he can see the wip and see that its not doing any harm. Make sure he can also smell the wip. its justa stick. Keep on grooming him and take no notice of the wip urself. He'll sense ur tension if u look at the wip (not tension as in fear but just tension of how he will react). Als keep on talking to him. even singing will help reward him if he smells the wip and accepts it.
The next step is to take the wip and place it next to him. just hold it in ur hand and let him see it smell it. once hes ok with that u can go onto the next step. Slowly and gently let the wip 'rest' against his next or stomach. reward him and talk to him. onde hes ok with that the stroke him gently with the wip. This will be the most scary part. Take it slowly and gently. stroke him starting at the nek. then step by step slowly take it to his hind quarters. as soon as u notice him getting upset then just rest the wip where it is. talk to him and reward him. repeat this proces and he'll learn to accept it.
U can use this process with anything. For his fear of men let a male person feed him apples or so. then let the male person pet him or groom the horse. if the horse will allow it. take this like above one step at a time. the horse will let u know how far he is.
The key things are:
* Keep talking. This will relax the horse. even singing will help. This also relaxes ur own self (tension/ excitement which u dont even know u pass on cuz its so little)
* Never raise ur voice even to call some1. the horse might take it as a statement against him.
* take everything one step at a time, dont rush things.
* keep rewarding him with bits of apple or carrots or so.
P.S. where is ur horse stalled?
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