Join Date: May 2009
Location: Brazoria County, TX
The next day I came out with a rope, bolt cutters and a bucket. I went straight up to the edge of her area. She saw me and just watched me for about five minutes. The she took a few steps toward me. I stepped into her area, expecting her to at least put her ears back, but she didn't. I stepped closer and still no reaction. Actually, she seemed really interested. I stopped when I was about an arms length away from her. She could kill me right now if she wanted to. Like she wanted to the first time I tried to get close to her. I stuck my had out and she tossed her head as if she was expecting pain. Poor baby had come to expect pain from human hands. She looked at my hand and stuck her nose out to sniff it. Her nose touched my hand and she nuzzled it. I didn't want to scare her, but I began to pet her nose. She stepped into my rub, coming closer and becoming more relaxed. I took my other hand and started to rub her neck, keeping one hand on her nose. She didn't seem very nervous. Slowly I slid the rope around her neck and tied a knot in it so when I pulled the rope wouldn't tighten around her neck. I then took the bolt cutters and snapped the chain off. She was free! Now I just had to get her home. It was two miles back to my pasture, the about another mile from the barn. Good thing I knew some trails And could get her there with out being seen. Unless the men whose pasture the trails go through are out checking fence or cattle. I have permission to access their land, but sure they'd ask questions as to why I was leading a horse instead of riding one. That was if I could get her to lead. Time to test if my luck had run out. I took a few steps ahead, but the mare stood planted firmly where she was. I gave a lilttle tug, no good. So I pulled a little harder. She took a step forward. I pulled angain and she took another step, then another and another. When we got to the edge of her area she stopped. She knew if she went any further that chain would pull at her nose causing extreme pain. So I had to convince her otherwise. I was pulling and pulling, but she wouldn't budge. The bucket!!! I has some feed in it! I took a had full and let her nibble in it, then moved it out of her reach. She was stretching her neck to get it but wouldn't step forward. I then pulled lightly on the rope witch cause her to become off balance so she had to step forward. We repeted this a few times until we were out of her former area and she was muching happily on the food.
When In Doubt Let Your Horse Do The Thinkin
Originally Posted by spookychick13
What Lone said.