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    02-12-2013, 11:52 AM
Endi, I'm curious about her attitude towards people? She's had such a strange early existence, do you think she trusts people or sees them fearfully? Clearly you've been a stable, positive person for her-but does she have a similar opinion of other people?
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    02-12-2013, 12:09 PM
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You know, it really just seems to depend on the person, but I can't figure out quite what her 'triggers' are yet. It will take observation and time I suppose.

With me, she's extremely affectionate, will stand for just about any torture treatment I'm giving her, and has never acted like she wanted to nip, kick, rear, etc- even when I first introduced her to the horrifying world of....FLYSPRAAY *cue terrifying music* but she definitely takes all of her bravery and cues from her human, which I find interesting.

You would think that she's be afraid to trust us, but in reality if you look like a good leader figure to her, she'll pair up with you almost immediately as her 'boss' and she'll literally look to you for ANYTHING before doing it. If you display anxiety, fear, anger, or sadness around her though, she quickly gets confused and panics. At that point she's more of the fearful animal you'd expect, and quickly works herself up into a tizzy and won't listen. This happened with one of the boys who works here, as well as with one of our younger volunteers who was trying to turn her out one day. I expect her to be very low on the pecking order in the herd for that reason.

She's definitely claustrophobic though. I don't see her doing well living stalled up most of the day unless someone really works with her. I can't blame her for it because of her history, but its something that needs to be dealt with. She's alright with her stall because it has an 'open' feel to it (three sides are panels and look out into the fields) and is 12 x 14, but I have had trouble trying to get her to go through small gates and into tight spaces. I'm sure it will come with time and patience though. Her half brother Peppin was the same way after his ordeal with being stalled so tightly, and he's just fine now. He even trailers like a pro, and he only has one eye!
    02-12-2013, 12:33 PM
Green Broke
Question. Is Kenzie contagious at all? I'm scared of turning Henny out with horses I don't know(another kick to the head and we'd be in even more serious trouble) and you're scared to turn Kenzie out with the big ones. Could we set up a play date? Henny chomps at anypony and everypony. He's so submissive it's not even funny. Maybe some horsey interaction between the two of them would be beneficial?
    02-12-2013, 02:29 PM
Kenzie sounds a lot like my guy. He doesn't have any abuse history like her, but the same personality- immediately looks to others to be the good leader, and if you're a good calm, confident leader, he'll do anything for you like it's no biggie. If you're not though, and you start acting worried, etc, he freaks out (Ohgodohgodwe'reallgonnaDIE!) and reacts to everything like he's the spookiest horse in the world. I think that just comes from a lack of confidence/anxious type personality in a horse. My guy is a pleasure to work with though since he's SO desperate to please and be told what to do, he's very affectionate, easy to train, and learns quickly.
    02-12-2013, 04:29 PM
Just read entire thread.....amazing story. If you can capture this many peoples hearts with this heart wrenching story you can bet some horse lover publisher will include in books such Chicken Soup for the Horse Lovers Soul type books!!!! I kno i'm addicted to books like that and you had me all kinds of reading page after page! LOL You are truly an incredible person for what you do, not only with Kenzie but with the horses there at the farm you work for. If you'll send me a PM i'll get you a little something in the mail too to help out with Kenzie or for who ever you may need the money for Once again pat yourself on the back for a job well done!!! She's going to be a beautiful girl!!!!!
    02-12-2013, 06:47 PM
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Kayella- she isn't contagious any more as far as EHV goes, but I'm still wary of the lice thing. I haven't found any more on her at all but I'm still waiting to dust her again in a week or so to make sure all of the eggs are hatched/dead. I'm not sure how long the usual waiting period for that is, but I would think at least that week plus a few days. Once she's aye-ok again though that's a great idea! Henny's already been gelded right? (sorry, I'm not keeping up with everyone else very well lately. Boo!) Unfortunately I don't have access to a trailer (well, I do sort of...but my car doesn't tow xD) right now which might be problematic, but if we put our heads together I bet we could figure something out.

Are you still wanting to bring Mr. Henny to the parade in two weeks? I'm excited to see him and I promise that Sour isn't tall enough to kick his head even if she tried xD I'm kind of worrying about timing though...we ALWAYS end up getting there kinda late and I have a buttload of stuff to put on her (harness, polos, ear bonnet, ribbons...LOL. She's going to be the queen of pink!) I'm sure it will work out, even if I'm braiding while we're in line up. Haha.

Sharpie- good to hear that its probably just her natural personality to be like that then, rather than a result of her neglect. I'm actually really enjoying her personality. Its a huge change from my very-very-very alpha mare and her wanna be alpha filly where I'm constantly struggling to be the dominant herd leader, that's for sure xD. She's similar to them when it comes to being sensative to moods though, so thankfully I've kind of gotten used to always portraying myself as confident, even if I'm not. She definitely seems to need that.

CBailey04 Thanks for reading! I definitely never expected the huge amount of support that I've gotten from you guys. Its absolutely amazing. Kenzie wouldn't have gotten a good bit of her 'extra special' care if it wasn't for the financial support that we recieved from you guys, and I thank you for that. And the emotional support has definitely helped ME tons. I'm in a rather stressful part of my life right now what with school, family, and the farm, and normally I'm not sure that I WOULD be able to give Kenzie the time that I have, but knowing that all of you were rooting for her and waiting for updates and answers kept me pushing right along, and now here we are! She's looking great, feeling better, and no doubt a dozen times better than she was six weeks ago when she came to much (does it seem like longer to you guys? I was shocked to find that it had only been a month and a half. Feels like this battle has been years long.)

I'll absolutely PM you our information ^_^ again, thank you.
    02-12-2013, 07:11 PM
Wow Endiku!! Kenzie looks great! I haven't been on for a while so believe me when I say she looks amazing!
    02-12-2013, 07:11 PM
I am so happy to continue reading this story. Little Kenzie sure did need you, and still does. You have done an amazing job with her.
    02-12-2013, 07:41 PM
Green Broke
Henny is gelded :) I also have a trailer, but no truck LOL. We're in the same predicament :/ Although my friend, who usually hauls us around, may want to take me with some buttering up hehe.

I was planning on going to the parade, but I think I just booked him for acupuncture that day. The vet will be calling me back tomorrow to confirm the appointment.

Also, the farrier is definitely located in Santa Fe. He has no problem going from Santa Fe to Pasadena, so I don't know if going from Santa Fe to Katy would be too much of a problem? He seems to travel a lot, anyways, being up in San Antonio right now.
    02-12-2013, 07:48 PM
Teen Forum Moderator
Well darn xD I guess getting your boy feeling 100% again is definitely more important than traumatizing him with fire sirens and bunches of people though, eh?

I'm going to see about calling that farrier tomorrow if my farrier doesn't do what I'm wanting. Fingers crossed he'll be willing to trek out here!

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