In case anyone was interested in an update on my old thread, here is the filly that ended up with me. She is the very light, very young palomino filly in the original line-up.
These pictures were taken last week, on the first day she arrived... she is absolutely terrified of being touched, does not know what carrots are and hence will not eat them, and is in pretty poor shape. But she was happily trotting about, exploring, within minutes of her arrival.
According to her records, her birthday is on christmas day, and then she will be 2!
Thank you guys for your kind words!
I've never taken on a horse like this before so its pretty overwhelming... she is really quite petrified of being touched and handled, and even just having a human stand to close to her gives her the willies.
But. We have been working hard on that these last few days. Me just standing in her personal space and her trying her best to be fine with it. If I reach my hand out to her like I am about to touch her, she wriggles her skin as if at a fly. And if I do make contact, she starts and tosses her head. Her ears actually quiver with nerves. Sometimes she stamps a foot and tries to turn her bum on me.
Luckily she stables easily, which was something I was very nervous about, but she just follows her food inside, and actually seems to like it in there.
So last night I think we finally had our first breakthrough: after her dinner, I spent a few minutes with her in her stable and then went out riding. When I returned about an hour later, I approached her again, and she didnt turn away from me like she usually does. She let me stroke her neck and cheeks, and then let out a massive sigh (of relief! It seemed), and leaned her head against my shoulder. We stood like that for maybe 20 minutes; me actually cradling her head in my arms at one point, as she seemed to drift off a little.
Here is a pic that I took on my phone to show everyone:"look what she let me do today!"
It was really such an amazing moment for me, and really made me feel glad and grateful to have her around.
Good Luck!!! It looks, and sounds like your doing a great job though! I do know that when I bought my then 10month old, even though he had been worked with daily, for me it was hard work to finally gain his trust to even put, and take off his halter. But 10months later, and Im finding it hard to find things for us to work on, let alone do ;D
Good Luck! Keep us updated! She is adorable, and look forward to seeing her fat and healthy ;)
She is beautiful! I'm sure you will continue to make a lot of progress with her! My rescue gelding, Sampson, was extremely head shy when I first brought him home. He was going to be put on the trailer to go to the slaughter house when I bought him. I've only had him for a little over a week now and I can put his halter or hackamore up over his ears without a problem, and he even lets me rub his ears! Rescue horses often seem to be extremely grateful and make wonderful companions, at least from my experience Good luck with your new filly!