Today I have had Fiona for 1 week. She is a project filly. She is 18 mo. Old. She came off the trailer with spooky dragon snorts, huge blue eyes, and not a clue what was happening to her.
For 3 days she had a drag line on in her paddock bc she was Miss Catch Me Not. As soon as I would get close enough and grab the lead rope she would relax and follow.
She is extremely head shy and refuses to allow her muzzle to be touched. Not her nose or her chin is allowed. She doesn't mind you rubbing her forehead though or belly, and even her butt!
Fiona has 0 trust in people. I am not sure if she was abused, or just not touched at all, but I know we have a lot of work to do.
I'm determined to make her into a gentle trail horse. I am planning on getting her gentle as she grows, and teaching her respect and trust during the process. I'm working on some Clinton Anderson methods as well as bringing in a few others. When she is old enough to get started under saddle she will be going to a professional trainer that can give her the education she deserves so that both of us will have a safe and happy future together.
Today we had a break through. Fiona took feed out of my hand. She refuses a carrot, hay, anything long enough to be more comfortable. She actually got enough courage to touch her mouth to my hand and take some feed. The sigh of relief she had when she realized that was her only task for the day was so sweet.
She leads just fine, and of course spooks here and there. She even gets a little too close, and we're working on that. She has accepted my presence and is now really starting to trust me. I'll be sharing our journey together with ya'll. :) And of course pictures also! :)