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  • Lynn Acton

    on June 28, 2021

    Yes, ideally a horse learns very young that it is safe to let people touch him anywhere. But that doesn't mean he wants just anyone touching him any time, anywhere. Like people, horses value their personal space and don't appreciate touching from people they don't trust or who aren't tuned in to how their touch feels to the horse.
    De-sensitizing might "teach" a horse to tolerate touching, especially if the alternative is unpleasant, but it also shows a horse that he cannot trust people to respect his feelings.

  • Elizabeth Miller

    on June 27, 2021

    but isn't being touched all over part of the de-sencitising prosess we work on when gentling a young horse?

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