Originally Posted by Dumas'_Grrrl
I couldn't help but to keep wondering...
Can you halter her?
Will she walk on a lead?
Will she allow you to pet her at all?
She is a yearling....yes?
Was she just left to pasture and never handled?
I have concerns for your safety..as I already posted. I have been kicked/bitten by more yearlings than adult horses... I just didn't want you to think that I was giving you a blanket answer...I really would start at the vet, then talk to a trainer especially since she is so young. Being there in person is 1000 times better than trying to explain on here. I apologize if I am fumbling my words. Perhaps you could get some one out to have a look at her and outline what they would do since it will be a while before you can start training, as in breaking a horse. This is usually the time where they are learning ground manners etc...
As an answer to your questions, in chronilogical order xD:
She has a halter already on her, but she won't let me close enough to touch it. So I can't even take it off.
She WILL walk on a lead... kinda... when it was on her (the woman before us would NEVER take it off *rubs head* it was horrible) but ever since I took it off she won't let me near her to put it back on. However, the woman before us WAS able to lead her apparently, but when I would get hold of the lead before I took it off, she would jerk away hard, she didn't want me pulling her around at all.
She won't allow me to pet her. At all. The closest I can get is when she's feeding from my hand, I can pat her nose a little. One time she DID let me rub her forehead but it was only for a moment.
Yes, she's a yearling, or at least, according to the woman we recieved her from. She's still very small so I'm assuming her being a yearling is true. But remember, this woman wanted to get rid of her as soon as possible, she could have easily lied about her age just to get rid of her.
It would seem that yes, she mostly was just left to pasture and never handled, she had a colt companion, another yearling, and she was also rarely fed apparently. The woman who had her would only go there to feed them I think, I'm not sure if she was ever handled a lot. But remember, she was also a wild horse at one point.
It's funny you mention that safety thing, I can go into her pen, even without food. She doesn't kick or bite, she doesn't even usually tuck her ears back, she's almost always very curious. When I try to touch her, she doesn't tuck her ears back, she actually keeps them forward, but she does move away or step away, she doesn't want me touching her at all. When she's eating, if I try to pet her, she steps away so I can't touch her. However she NEVER tries to bite or kick, it surprised me, even when we had to coax her into the trailer to bring her to our barn she never tried to kick or bite - she DID jump and jerk around, trying to stay away from the trailer, but that was it.
XD too bad you couldn't come and take a look.