I need Suggestions
A friend of mine went to a horse auction the other night and dragged me along for the ride, mostly because I have a trailer. Now I had no intent on coming home with a horse myself, my plan was to not be in the horse market for a few years. Well my friend found two horses that really caught her attention, though she only got the one. As she was wandering around looking at horses I to was wandering around, mostly keeping an eye out for a horse that may be good for her. That's when I saw this girl, huddled at the very back of her pain with her ears as far back as possible. Normally pinned back ears send warning bells off in my head but there was something about her. So I made a bid and got her for only $300, my friend spent almost $1000 on her horse. It took us ten minutes to load my horse on the trailer, let me say it was hard staying calm.
Once we got her home and unloaded her into a separate pasture away from Reggie I realized I have a problem. She will not let anyone get near her, it took three people to catch her so the vet could take a look at her. Even then he had to give her a sedative, the same thing when the farrier came. Yesterday I spent most of the day in her pasture just sitting in the dirt letting her get used to my presence. Every time she came close I would roll an apple over to her, which she would eat and then stare at me with her ears back. My hopes are that she will eventually equal treat with human, though I didn't always use apples so she wouldn't get sick.
She does come up to me but runs if I so much as twitch, so I have yet to really touch her. On the bright side she seems to like Reggie. The two of them talk to each other almost all day and I've seen her looking towards Reggie. Though I bet he has no clue where she is unless he follows her calls.
Does anyone have any suggestions on what else I can do with her to try and get her to trust people?
This is the only picture of her so far, taken from a distant with a special zoom lens on my camera. She still doesn't have a name.