Breakthrough with Madeline!! - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 04-17-2010, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Solway MN
Posts: 1,032
• Horses: 6
Breakthrough with Madeline!!

Madeline is my Clyde/Appy filly that I got in December. She was a yearling last August, and had never been touched by a human before being loaded into my trailer. She lived on 2 acres of pasture, no hay, no water in winter (owner made her eat snow) with 4 other horses. She'd never worn a halter or been dewormed or anything. Basically a very wild horse.

I haltered her in the trailer and put a dragline on, and have worked her now for the last 4 months. I do 3 15 minute sessions each day of just touching, leading etc. I'm the only one that has handled her, and she trusts me now. Anyone else enters the pasture, she would run to the far corner unless I had her on a leadline.

Tonight my friend was over who is NOT a horse person- she is very very nervous around them. She was helping me fix the fence for the goats. Lo and behold Madeline was following us, being curious. When Gwen stood up, Maddie was behind her, a safe distance away. Gwen stood still and Maddie came over to her, gently reached her nose out, and blew in her face. I told Gwen to blow back, and Maddie smelled her and very gently touched Gwen on the shoulder with her muzzle. She let Gwen put a leadrope on her, and walk her around the pasture. This was amazing to see, because she had never met Gwen before tonight. She behaved perfectly, respectfully and with curiosity that I have never seen before.

I was so happy to see this! Gwen was very happy too and admitted that she was scared, but Maddie did so good she wants to come out and visit her again.
draftrider is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 04-17-2010, 01:15 AM
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Calgary, AB
Posts: 740
• Horses: 2
Aw, that's brilliant! What a great breakthrough. Hopefully she'll continue to improve.
azarni is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 04-22-2010, 12:40 AM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Riverside, CA
Posts: 971
• Horses: 4
Wonderful!! Sounds like you are really making progress with her. Pictures please :)

Riverside, CA
danastark is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
YAY breakthrough with Carolina!!! AussieDaisyGirl Horse Training 4 10-09-2009 10:44 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome