Well... I got Sierra home today. I pulled her off the trailer and Scout (my collie) wandered by and sniffed her foot, she preceded to give him a swift kick. Not a great start. Poor Scout, he's never even barked at a horse before but at least he'll be careful. I'm just hoping he'll be brave enough to go back down to the barn. He never left the house after she kicked him. It wasn't vicious and he's fine but it was enough to make me think twice before going around her back end. She doesn't seem to have a problem with people though.
She doesn't look big enough to be 10 months pregnant though. Kind of worries me. She is really skinny. I had fixed her dinner for her and then decided to cut it in half. I don't think she's really been fed grain so I'll take my time getting her up to a full ration but she's so skinny I just want to shove food down her throat. Gave her an apple, she didn't finish it. Had to shove a carrot in her mouth. She loved the carrots, but I don't think she'd ever had one before. She is so quiet. I feel so bad for her. I'll tack her up in a few days just to plug around. But she's so quiet and defeated.... Doesnt' seem like she was abused though. Not in the physical sense. She is a little head shy but not terribly. I think I can fix that pretty quick. I havent taken her halter off yet because when I went into the pen with her she walked away. And because she's new, I'm respecting that back end. Especially since she is shod all the way around. I'll have my farrier pull her shoes. She doesnt need them all the way around. Especially if she may be a kicker. Although she didn't really hurt the dog so I think it was more of a get out my space kick.
I'll take a bunch of pix tomorrow. I didn't really take any today because I wanted to let her relax. My husband moved manure w/ the tractor and the dump truck and she wasn't at all phased. We tacked up and rode out on trail she wasn't phased, just watched us go. I was going to put her in a stall tongiht but then I thought maybe she'd be happier outside so I left her outside for the night. I think she'll be ok. I started to blanket her but she doesnt act like she's ever been blanketed so I thought I'd just wait until the weather got bad.
She's so skinny....