Oh jeez, I think I win this one.
One day when all the horse were turned out, the workers power washed the inside of the barn. When it was time to bring them back in, my horse REFUSED to go in his stall. Nothing could get him in! He was snorting and totally terrified of it. I ended up having to switch stalls with another horse. He’d go in any of the other stalls in the entire barn but not his because it looked slightly different…
Another time I bought him a new halter because his had broke. There wasn’t anything special about this halter, it was just a basic nylon halter like his last one. I went in his stall to put it on, and he ran to the back of his stall, avoiding me. I went up to him, he went to the front, snorting at it and refused to look at it. Unlike most horses who realize something’s not going to eat them if you show it to them first – showing him only reaffirms his suspicions that yes indeed it WILL eat him. He did the same thing for the next halter he got after that too. I had to spend 15 minutes giving him little bits of sweet feed every time he looked at it before I could bring it anywhere near him.
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