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    02-28-2013, 08:31 PM
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Weanling
rescue horse shy progress report

So you may have read my post about shy a month ago asking for an evaluation of her weight and wether I should start working with her. I did and id like to show you the before and after pics to see what you guys think of the improvement its been almost a month.

I got shy with severe anxiety which caused her to pace(at first she ran) back and forth and she was pretty thin. She came from a bad situation where she was cowboyed and she still has scars from where the man beat her with a 2 by 4. She was severely head shy and would knock you out or give you a bloody nose when trying to halter her. She has improved dramatically but still spooks sometimes when I go to pet her face or put a lead on her.

She has got through 7 fences since I get her which made me think she was to much and almost got rid of her, but she needs my kind of love, firmness when needed but never to much so make her fearful. She also has broke several good sized logs we use for tying one she broke completly in half . So far she has gone through a wooden fence, a barb wire fence(she went through a fence to the barb wire fence) a no climb fence and a few metal gates. But since I have removed my other horse she hasnt been going through any fences.

Its hard to tell from pictures but she has gained a lot of muscle especially in the neck and back. She has gained a bit of weight but ill admit could use a lot more. Sorry she has a hay belly she is getting free feed.
Here is her a month ago
     
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    02-28-2013, 08:33 PM
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Weanling
And here is shy today but its very hard to see the muscle improvement.
     
    02-28-2013, 08:35 PM
  #3
Weanling
And another pic. Her ribs still slightly show but deffinatly an improvement.
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    02-28-2013, 08:38 PM
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Weanling
Her ewe neck is almost gone iv been wirking her long and low. Also don't remember if I mentioned but the man that abused her had a stroke a few weeks after I got her and is paralized. Which means I will not be getting her papers, which has Doc o'lena as her grand sire, but is proof that karma exists.
     
    02-28-2013, 08:39 PM
  #5
Weanling
Her ewe neck is almost gone iv been working her long and low. Also don't remember if I mentioned but the man that abused her had a stroke a few weeks after I got her and is paralized. Which means I will not be getting her papers, which has Doc o'lena as her grand sire, but is proof that karma exists.
     
    02-28-2013, 08:44 PM
  #6
Yearling
She's looking really good after a month....it might take some time to win over her trust....
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    02-28-2013, 08:47 PM
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Yearling
She is looking much better :)
I have come across the same issues as you with haltering and clipping the lead. I would start by putting the halter around her like I was putting it on and then stop and take it away and rub or give a treat , I would do that several times. With lead lead line I would clip and give a treat or rub. Just so they saw it as a good thing. After they are easy I would stop giving treats and only do it once in a blue moon. Before you know it they are helping you put it on.
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    02-28-2013, 08:52 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by Thunderspark    
She's looking really good after a month....it might take some time to win over her trust....
Ya she is getting better! I sat on her today for the first time without getting bucked off!
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    02-28-2013, 08:54 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by Spotted    
She is looking much better :)
I have come across the same issues as you with haltering and clipping the lead. I would start by putting the halter around her like I was putting it on and then stop and take it away and rub or give a treat , I would do that several times. With lead lead line I would clip and give a treat or rub. Just so they saw it as a good thing. After they are easy I would stop giving treats and only do it once in a blue moon. Before you know it they are helping you put it on.
lol ya we did a lot of work like that! One of the problems is her ears so now I put my hand over her head next to her ears and as soon as she relaxes and lowers her head I remove my hand and give her a treat.
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    02-28-2013, 08:55 PM
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Weanling
Here is her calf buddy norman just for CUTENESS lol he is adorable I just wish I had brushed him lol.
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