Libby, the new mare and I are progressing, slowly. But I think when she first acted a little crazy, she scared me and I scared myself, so that caused quite a problem. It took me two weeeks to even get on her back again, she was still pinning her ears and kicking, walking off. Finally after 3 weeks here, and being brushed, walked everyday, I mounted and she stood quietly while I sat there for about 15 minutes. So, we have done a lot of mounting and I still haven't gone off with her. I want my husband to lead me on her first (so silly because when she first got her, I rode her by myself just fine)(it is like I am reassuring me, not her reassuring me).
She did come from a pasture full of horses, now she is in with a calf. Has been for about 3 weeks now. I do feed twice a day, I always have, but the previous owner had said once a day with her would be fine. But, I stuck with my 2 X day.
For the previous poster, sorry, I forgot your screen name, you think she was tranquilized? The lady that I traded with did give my (the one I traded) horse something before loading her. That was my first thought right away, I thought "if she is going to give my horse something, why shouldn't I think she would do that with hers?" And, obviously she uses it or she wouldn't carry it in her trailer. But, from all of the emails from her trainer and the previous, before her, owners, it really sounds like Libby was a sweet mare, and maybe this is more my fear than anything. I know there are people like that out there, "oh, I have this calm horse, you ride, you buy, you get home, next day, drugs wore off, where is the horse I bought???" I have seen that at the auctions, sadly. But I really don't think that is the case here.
Thanks again to everyone!!