Some of you may have seen me mention my new project Dally, and how she is rather difficult to catch, let alone walk up to and touch in the pasture. And what I've been working with on her since I got her in Oct has been to just been let me walk up to her and pet her all over, especially her face. Last night we were having crazy weather so the horses were all hyper and being knuckle heads coming in for the night. We don't lead them in individually, just open up the door to let one in at a time and they go into their stalls. Anyway, Dally has always been the last to come in, and last night one of the drafts just would not go in her stall and kept running out and chasing Dally away from the barn. Once we got the draft in her stall, Dally wouldn't come near the barn
. I tried calling her in and making sure I stayed enough distance away that she felt comfortable, still would NOT go near the barn. So I took a chance and started to walk out to her.
Then the angels started singing, there was a halo around her, etc
and she let me walk right up to her and pet her without her flinching or shying away. I started walking towards the barn, she starting following me! when she hesitated I would stop, let her think about it, and we kept going a little at a time. She even continued to do this once in the barn!!!
Everytime I work with her in the arena, she is with me all the time, it's never been an issue. BUT when we are in "her safe place" i.e the pasture, SHE HAS NEVER DONE THIS!!! She lets me get so close, then says "Nope, I don't trust you". Until last night.
Oohhh, I'm so happy! Granted it may not happen again for awhile, but at least I know we are making progress. After all the horses I've worked with, she has been the most difficult to gain trust.
Just thought I'd share my happy