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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Sereno, you are very kind. I know that this will all work out in the end and I'm not even close to giving up on her, I just need to get more creative I guess xD No matter what happened, I'm going to do my best by her to keep her as safe as possible, and to give her the best chances of 'usability' in the future.
Fayde, great idea! I don't know why I didn't think of that. The grey cord that I got was from a gun show, and it was definitely not what I want to make another halter out of. I'll try going to Lows and find a nicer color. I'm voting neon, personally. What do you guys think? I'd love the diagram for making the halter too. I made my last one from ehow but half way through it just wasn't working so I improvised and sort of improved the other half. I'm surprised its held up as long as it has, honestly!
Iseul- it doesn't make any sense to me either :/ the farm by no means abuses their animals, but they still have a lot to learn (as do I) about nutrition, rehabilitation, etc. Kenzie is a special little gal, and I just couldn't let her go on with just mediocre feed and health care. She's been through so much, and deserves more than that.
Though...I think she'd eat just about anything. If there is anything she's not, its a picky eater. Which is actually a bad thing in some regards. I have to be really careful about what is in the hay I give her because while Sour will eat around twigs, icky hay that I accidently miss, or burrs, Kenzie will just eat it and not miss a single piece. Poor thing. Miraculously though, I've never had a single problem with her being pushy at feeding time. If anything she's very nervous about eating, even around me. If I make a 'dominant' gesture towards her accidently, she'll jump back and away from the feed like she did something wrong. It makes me feel aweful!
She's such a love, though, as long as I don't have a halter in my hand. Today I was sitting with her studying for my Algebra 2 final and she laid down beside me to take a nap. Sweetest thing ever <3 if I have that halter though, she's immediately Miss evasive. I think she associates haltering with ear doctoring or goop treatments still, poor thing, so we've been doing lots of grooming, itchy scratching, and hand grazing on the lead line to try to counteract those bad associations. It isn't working yet, but I'm sure that in time she'll realize the halter can be a good thing. I need to start the long road to desensitizing her to me touching her face, poll, and eventually ears again too. Oh boy... its one thing to do that with a 34" 225 lb mini. Another to do it with a 12.2+ hh 400 lb thoroughbred!
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