Ok, just a little bit of a brag about how good Kenzie's manners are compared to the other horses here. I've been really tough with her about staying out of my space no matter what lately since she was doing that "lets walk on top of Allyson when we're uncomfortable" thing, and she's doing so well. I've been doing the routine of going to catch her and actually bringing her with me while I go get her feed from my feed trunk in the back so that she has to wait quietly tied outside of the feed shed and walk on a SLACK rope behind me and to the side while I carry her food in a bucket to her feeding area, then I send her through the gate and ask her to back up before I go in and dump the food into the bucket. I always expect her to stand quietly without pawing (which you might remember, was a problem for a while), trying to come closer, or fidgeting until I decide that I'm done, then I unclip her lead and expect her to still stand there until I touch her and say 'Ok' as her release. I've only been doing that routine for three days and she already has it down pat, no crowding me while walking or filling the bucket or anything. I'm also teaching her to move her hindquarters, shoulder, or whole body away from me even if she's eating when I ask her to go "over" and touch that part of her, and she's doing really well. She's so...submissive about everything. With Sour it has always been a "Why don't you MAKE ME?" battle with all of these things, which was really interesting to work with, but Kenzie is so opposite of that.
Or she's just that forgiving! Haha. My timing isn't always perfect, but she tries really hard to figure out what I want. That's one way my girls are both similar- they're very bright. It totally astounds me that Kenzie can be such a forgiving, trusting animal after all that she's been through though. After all of the neglect and abuse, you'd think she would hold some sort of grudge, or hate a certain kind of person, but she doesn't. She's a little more nervous around the men than girls, and she's definitely most comfortable with me because she sees me twice a day, but she's always friendly and looking to make people happy. If I can just get her to the point of being more confident, I think she's going to be a stellar horse for someone, floppy ear, scars and all. I don't think she'll ever be the 'green as grass' beginner type horse just because she's that sensitive to what you want and takes her confidence from those around her, but I think her only other limitation when it comes to anything will be those toothpick legs of hers. She has enough heart to do just about anything.
She sure has! Good thing too, I was starting to wonder exactly where she's putting all of those calories being poured into her body...haha. Her wither is about level with my chin now, as opposed to here:
Where it was at least 2" below my shoulder. And that mini horse halter is history xD Grow Kenzie grow!!!
You have done amazing things, never you forget that!This filly would not be as healthy and happy as she is now, if she did not have you!! (ok, maybe someone else would have taken her in, but its always more positive to think better about your own work) :P
She has grown, changed, filled out and is a completely different horse!!!
Thank you Cherrij ^_^ I'm sure she would have been much better off with someone more experienced or at least financially stable than I am, but she ended up with me so I'm going to do my darned best to make sure she has a good life from here on out. At this point it isn't looking like I'm going to get to keep her, but she's made such a huge impression on me that I think even when she's long gone and home with whoever is destined to be her new forever home, she'll still be 'with' me in a sense. People always say that horses rescue people just as much as people rescue the horses...and I'm here to say I KNOW that's true now. She and Sour are the one bright spot in my life right now and they're what I look forward to every day, even on days (most days) when all I have time to do is feed them. Its nice going and seeing healthy, happy animals, and knowing that they're yours.
She's going to make someone an absolutely phenomenal horse, whatever they decide to do with her.
Oh, and good news ^_^ its looking like as of right now, Kenzie is going to her new home on Friday! :) Cross your fingers guys!
Well I feel like a total idiot. BO called just a few minutes ago and apparently I have not been closing the gate to the horse's pen well enough (standard latch gate) and they've learned how to open it...and have gotten out every day for the past 3 days. They just realized that it was me doing it...after the horses ate 3 display haybales for our fundraiser. She is MAD and rightly so. I offered to pay for new ones but they refused.
I feel so terrible...I swear I've been closing it but apparently not like I'm supposed to or something, and now I've caused damage.