As some of you know may have read, I've been dealing with a "mystery horse" lately. Well today she bacame the mystery/puzzle mare So here's a few more puzzle pieces.
I finally had a chance to really had to spend some time with her when no one is around. I really spent time brushing her with no rug rats running around and made a few discoverys. I found what are probably barbed wire scars on her legs. (B4 you yell at me for not looking closer when I picked her up, she was FREE! A free horse is a free horse). So that is a new piece of the puzzle. When there is NO ONE around in the barn she actually picks up her feet rather well, EXCEPT for the rear right one. That one is still a pain.
Most horses will avoid puddles or snow drifts unless asked. Not her, she prefers to go through them, doesn't blink an eye (I like this puzzle piece).
When I was trying to set her up for some confirmation pictures, I found 2 new things.
1. As I would run my hand down the back of her L forearm, she would flex it, bring it back, and drop her nose (like she was going to bow). The REALLY weird part of it was when she was doing this, you could just feel AND see that entire side of her body just relax. I know she hasn't been treated well in the past, and because of this she WILL NOT relax, even during brushing. But when I ran my hand down the back of only that forearm it was like the weight of the world was lifted from her. But it was ONLY her left forearm, and ONLY when she's outside with no other ppl around. Really cool, but weird
2. This one is going to be an issue (& only when she's outside in the arena) I was playing a little with her on moving away from pressure. Come to find out, instead of moving away from it, she leans into it There is no giving to it, she almost fell over leaning into my hand ( I was using my knuckle on her hip to move it over). Not to let her get away with not doing what I asked, I applied more pressure. Yeah, had I not been paying attention I would of lost a leg on that one.
Oh this is going to be an interesting summer-| A bipolar horse with an identity crisis. FUN!!