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    09-26-2011, 08:43 AM
I made a big breakthrough this morning. I went to check the herd and she didn't try to leave or wander off. I managed to approach her and rub on her neck while she was grazing. I did this for a couple of minutes then went to have a rub on my veteran mare who I have had since I was 11, I then went over to her again and rubbed on her a while longer and then left. I am so pleased I want this to happen consistently before I think about trying to halter her. I was shocked when I saw her too. I knew I couldn't send her back and I feel partly responsible as if I had not sold her in the first place she wouldn't have got to this conition although I couldn't have known this.
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    09-26-2011, 09:36 AM
That's really great news, I'm sure now she realises you'e not to be feared she'll be looking for you to make a fuss of her, your older mare will help as well as she will show she's not scared either.
I am sorry though that you feel in any way responsible, sometimes we have to go with what seems right at the time, if no-one parted with their horses just in case things didn't work out I wouldn't have mine. I was glad that though I had never had my own horse I was able to buy my arab, he was and is still very much loved by the lady who let me buy him but she did take a chance. I know from the tone of your posts that if you thought she was going to anything other than a caring loving home you wouldn't have sold her.
This next comment might sound harsh and nasty but I don't mean it that way but we are all animals and all of us have rough patches from time to time, that's what your mare has had but she is back being loved and cared for now and she is already responding and before long she'll be as happy and healthy as she was before and she will probably love you all the more for being the one to help her over her bad patch.
What is her name though please don't feel you have to say as this is an open forum? When I went to see Lady I can remember having to ask her name as the woman selling her never once used it which I thought was a bit sad and when she came to us and we called her she didn't respond at all, she does now though, I think 'Lady' is horse for 'there's more food if you want it'.
Can't wait to hear about the next baby step on the road to recovery.
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    09-26-2011, 10:26 AM
I was thinking about putting her on some oil to put weight on but I think she has done really well so far so I might wait until the weather turns much colder for that.
    09-26-2011, 10:38 AM
Please don't blanket her. People who feel chilly have to stop thinking a horse is too. She's already growing her winter coat and a blanket can cause overheating, sweating and the chills. Horses can lift or flatten and even turn the hairs to best suit the weather. Blanketing takes this away. I'd add soaked senior's pellets to her diet. It is safe to feed, has extra oils and beet pulp all in one bag.
    09-26-2011, 05:31 PM
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Please don't blanket her. People who feel chilly have to stop thinking a horse is too. She's already growing her winter coat and a blanket can cause overheating, sweating and the chills. Horses can lift or flatten and even turn the hairs to best suit the weather. Blanketing takes this away. I'd add soaked senior's pellets to her diet. It is safe to feed, has extra oils and beet pulp all in one bag.

She has a non padded lightweight rug on her right now as this is what was put on when she arrived as we had gale force winds and I haven't been able to catch her since to take her rug off. As soon as she is comfortable with being caught and haltered again I will be removing the rug. I like to let my horses live as natural as possibly but I did feel that she needed some protection with the condition she was in.
    09-27-2011, 07:19 PM
Im so so happy your buying her back :) you seem like such a lovely owner it must hav been such a shock to see her so poor xxxxxxxx
    09-28-2011, 04:58 AM
Thank you bracken. I try to do the best I can and I'm far from knowing what to do in these circumstances but my heart told me she wasn't leaving our yard again.

I had another great session in the field yesterday. As I approached the herd she didn't even once attempt to move off/away from me. She ate grass while I rubbed down her neck (which I have managed three days in a row now) and also her belly strap on her rug was undone, she stayed still, quiet and calm whilst I did up her strap unhaltered. Now ideally I would have liked to halter her to do that but i'll take what I can right now. Next step is to carry the halter into the field with me with no intention of haltering her but for her to see that it isn't a trap. I'll progress to rubbing it on her and even laying it over her back to let her carry it about. Making very small but significant steps and i'm really pleased. She did shake her head a little yesterday when I rubbed down her jaw line. She is due to get her teeth checked again and i'm wondering if she is a little sore. Haven't seen her dropping food but going to see if I can bring her teeth appointment forward a little bit. She does actually do all this anyway she can be haltered , handled and ridden but I feel she is missing vital education and has never truly accepted being handled my feelings are that she has been trapped with a halter and then just put up with being handled. When we previously had her i'm ashamed to say I truly didn't know much about horses yes I rode etc but I truly didn't know a horse I couldn't interpret body language feel energy move a horse with my angles etc and now I am learning alot I'm starting to realise this horse hasn't had a great life and I hope in some small way to make it a little happier.
    09-28-2011, 07:17 PM
How's your mare doing? Hopefully building even more trust day by day. It's strange what a differance a headcollar or similar can make. My arab will stand very nicely if you hold the rope no matter how close but if you tie him he starts to panic, at one time he reared and broke his bridle. I keep threatening myself that I should work on that but...........oh well one day.
I wouldn't be ashamed, I have seen people who have worked with horses as their living for over 20 years not have an idea about body language etc. she is really starting to put some trust in you and with probably not a great deal of time or effort she will learn about anything that you think was missed.
A few weeks ago my mare threw major hissy fits if the fly repellant was used near her, not even on her, today again after taking of her head collar I was able to spray her all over with only one side step, some days she doesn't move at all but I think she had the hump today lol.

Don't forget some pictures when you get the chance.

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