Today I decided to work with the Shetland colt, as the mare was still in a huff about me exploding on her after she tried to kick me. So I follow the colt, as he is very shy and still can't be touched unless I have food, and even barely then. When he stops trotting circles around me, I stop. The idea is, hey, I wont chase you if you don't run. After a few minutes he caught on quickly, as I can approach him, he will trot off a few steps, and stand. Much better than an all out panic if I approach him. Still can't pet him much. But a day at a time!
While this is going on, I was ignoring the mare standing by the makeshift entrance to the pen. As I come up on her side so I can leave, she flattens her ears and clears the fence, hardly brushing it as she goes. Keep in mind, she's a scrawny, possibly pregnant Shetland over a 4 foot fence. Great. I spent about 20 minutes running around the pasture with the cows and my 14 hand horse to push her back in the pen. Luckily they are in a pen, in a fence, in another fence. The joys of stallion keeping. So she couldn't have gone far. But it's times like this where I wish she was a normal, social horse so I could kick her butt. I guess she's feeling better. Anybody know of some pony jumping Olympics I could put her in? :P
And if anyone has suggestions for gentling untouched ponies, I am open to them. I believe the colt is around 2, not sure on the mare, but neither one have had proper care or even human contact up until about a week ago when I brought them home. They are still learning that the sound of feed shaking in a feed bucket is a GOOD sound, not something to panic about, as I do the morning rounds.
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