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[RC] From: "Melissa" <melisamk@charter.net> - sandy . l . holder


My boy (rescued 2 1/2 years ago) was so head shy that you couldn't approach him from the front and even try to reach out to him.   Now he's wonderful. . . time and patience (started touching his neck and working up to his face).  He still won't let me just reach out from in front and instantly touch his face but I can from the side and even rub his ears.  Research helps understand it though, prior to me, he was neglected, mistreated for 4 years and in his early life, he was a show horse (in fact, I found out that he won the Cal bred's as 3 year old).  I've heard stories how show people make them look "alert" and not sure if it happened here, but I can easily bridle him now and could after roughly 6 months.  Rewarding good behavior helps.  He's very sensitive to voice & touch, and cookies as a reward have helped as well.

Good luck. . . and BTW, Tally was 12 when I got him.

All the best,
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