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post #11 of 14 Old 07-04-2013, 03:05 PM
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OP, I understand completely what you are going through. We were given 2 brood mares in April, neither of them had ever had any human contact. They are 11 and 3 years old, the 11 year old had a 5 month old filly at her side and the 3 year old had a colt in May. Of course the 2 babies are Halter broke and spoiled, but their moms are a different story. We are just now able to get the 3 year old to eat out of the feed bucket while we hold it, and the 11 year old is letting us groom her. We are just taking it one day at a time. We also just realized the 11 year old is pregnant again!
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post #12 of 14 Old 07-04-2013, 03:34 PM
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What i have found is that the calming supplements aren't so much calming as they help the horse to focus. I had an OTTB that, while sensible to a point, was silly about some things. Nothing dangerous but he would distract easily and a distracted young thoroughbred is a recipe for issues; he went hunting for the boogey horse :) The ongoing calming supplement I used, SmartCalm Ultra pellets (SmartPak brand), just helped him maintain focus on me. Yes, some of it was training and eventually he would have been fine but until he got the exposure the pellets worked.
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post #13 of 14 Old 07-04-2013, 03:47 PM
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Unless your saw this horse being abused there is no evidence that she was. If she was handled very little she will cope with each situation the best she knows how. It is all to do with survival.
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