My First horse ever. 9 year old QH Mare
She has settled in so well !
She floated very well (bit scared to load went on after 2 minutes hardly much fuss, great to unload n went straight to GRASS).
Her foal was weaned 1 week ago. Yesterday she was good to tie up, take to the wash bay and wash her legs, walked through the stable (tested her the second time when she walked through by banging the metal doors and things that can flap around in the stable she did not flinch), she's great to say hi to other horses, I lead her around in the round yard and arena she knows to stop and go on a lose lead even by my 3 year old cousin she can do for.I picked up her feet, but she needs more training with this 60% of the time she doesn't want to lift leg when I first ask her.
I lead her through small muddy puddles for confidence and we explored every where we could except for those hard grounds. I was suprised she attempted to go across a big puddle with me but settled for the smaller ones as I didn't want to force her.
She is getting a Vet check 2 morrow and her teats checked because she was engorged in her udder, farrier is booked in as soon as possible (2 weeks) and than her teeth need to be floated, she's getting wormed 2 morrow morning and than will be going into communal paddock a day after that.
People have commented how relaxed and calm she is. She neighed for me when I called her name, because I had hay, I know she is happy !
I let her go by herself in the round yard she pranced for a couple of seconds in a lovely bouncy trot and than got excited and cantered some strides but I relaxed and walked very slowly, and she slowed down. I think she maybe thought she had to lunge for me or got excited seeing the horses.
I had to wait for a bit until I could catch her as she might have been tormented when she was lunged (she thought she had to just run around me) but Im glad she she stopped when I stopped and relaxed and had her attention for me, when she calmed down completely I walked up to her but I waited for the right time.
I will need to have patience, but this is a great experience.
I have found out that she is a but bump shy so have been working with the rope and halter near her bum.
She loves grass better than her hay.
Im really happy that she prefers to follow me than when I let others lead her, I think she is looking up to me a bit, and since she comes up to me when I go near her paddock and call her name makes me happy.
I really like this horse and im am just so happy that when I lead her she has so much attention on me. I go from left to right fast side stepping and she follows with me.
I will have to begin lunging very very slow as she has been taught to lunge a specific way, and I hope its not the running in circles thing. I find more about her every day, we are similar in some ways and some ways we are not.
I know that she can get scared if you move aggressively towards her or with the rope, but if I use my arms and body to push her forwards in a dominant way she is fine and accepts that as long as im not aggressively forcing her.