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    11-04-2009, 01:21 AM
That's really good. Making excellent progress. She is well on her way. And don't worry about the bum thing. Once the trust is complete, she will feel no need to threaten anymore.
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    11-25-2009, 01:02 PM
She is really good now, and follows me everywhere !!!!!!!! I love her so much and the trust is really strong, thank you everybody.
    11-25-2009, 04:58 PM
What you need to try is approch her in a slow non agressive type way, not from the front, but towards the withers because horses are pray animals, their eye site don't allow them to see stright in front of them. So approch towards her withers, then back up slowly BEFORE she backs away; always be the first one to retreat! Don't even look at any part of her body because that is a pressure! Once you back away, sit somewhere quiet in the stall. There is no reason to use your voice what so ever, just your calm body launguge. I worked at you equine rescue for almost 5 years and the boss made me go out and bring in a half ton paint mare. I was like "ok sure no problem" but little did I know, she didn't want anyone even close to her. Took me 2 weeks, and took a ton a pacience! But I took it slow and always retreated before she did and she would allow me to get one step closer to her before she got tense, every time.
    11-25-2009, 05:38 PM
I think its normal baby behavior, she's only 4 months old you said right? It's common for young foals to be nervous, and you said she was just a weanling correct? If this is all true, it could just be that she is having separation issues or had a bad experience, maybe with an ungentle handler. Don't take it personal, it doesn't sound like it's anything you are doing wrong. I would suggest though using the feed bucket as a reward. The way you could do this would be to offer her the feed bucket but when she comes towards you give her a small taste the first time and then attempt to stroke her, if she pulls away, pull away the bucket. Don't ever make fast movements because they only cause confusion. Do everything nice and slow and take your time, it will require patience but you should be able to stroke her neck when she eats after a feeding or two. Gradually increase the areas that she will allow you to stroke her after she is comfortable with one area you have been stroking often. Just take things very slow and don't loose your patience. Weanlings are like toddlers, they can get easily confused, distracted, or scared, and will remember the events.
    11-26-2009, 01:01 AM
jdun722, that is how I did it lol. She lets me touch her everywhere now.
    11-26-2009, 12:57 PM
I havent read every post on this thread, so may be repeating. What I would do is totally ignore her. Don't approach her at all just let her come to you everytime, and she will. Curiosity will get her coming over, and so will you making a fuss of the other one. Just go in quietly, put her feed down, move away from her. Even when she comes over to you, keep your hands where she can see them, and don't attempt to touch her, and only when she is happy to start sniffing at you and exploring you with her nose, should you start to touch her, , because that is when she is telling you that she doesnt think you are a threat anymore.
    11-30-2009, 03:20 PM
Yay! I'm so glad she has warmed up nicely to you. I'm happy it all worked out. Yay you!
    12-01-2009, 11:02 AM
Im glad you're making progress and lobing these little ones. I know you took a lot of heat when you first posted on here that you were getting them, but im glad you stuck around here!

I just wanted to comment on a post before though. I know you're ok now, but someone had suggested sitting on the ground . I understand this is non-threatening to them, but by chance they get close and something spooks them, you said she already kicks a little, I wouldnt want her to turn and let one rip possibly into your head. I know theyre young and small buthey can still to damage with those little hooves, and in that posistion, you really don't have too much time to move out of the way. That's just my thoughts on it though. I always think of the position I am putting myself in with a horse. Like how you don't walk up behind them, because you just never know! someone may disagree with me here, but I just don't like the thoughts of where I would be in relation to the horse.

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