02-16-2013, 10:51 PM
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She is a 6 year old QH who has received very little training so I doubt she is broke. She had a rope halter on already when my husband went to pick her up and she will walk on a lead, no problem. I am sure once she gets used to us we won't have too much difficulty catching her--she is just in a new home with new people so she's keeping her distance til she's got it all figured out. She will come right up to us over a fence and will take food from our hands when we are in the paddock with her but she just doesn't want to be touched right now. Her previous home was basically an animal hoarding situation, IMO--too many animals and not enough money or space. My husband said it was chaos over there with animals running around everywhere plus someone was blasting a stereo inside the house. No doubt she is a little weirded out by the peace and quiet and wide open space she's got now. I walked A down to the pond yesterday where there is still good grass and she followed along and then went off on her own to explore. She walked the entire perimeter of the field, which is enormous, before she settled in to graze. She didn't seem nervous or scared at all.
I've basically been "ignoring" her while I work with the gelding or do chores. She watches, though. I can tell she's thinking about things. This evening she walked in and out of her stall several times, didn't stay in there to eat, just sussed it out.
Thanks for the tip about the lead rope over the neck, we do it already with Atticus, not that he is hard to catch, I was just taught to do it that way.
We don't have a round pen but the paddock the stalls open into is very small with 2 gates that can be closed. We "trapped" her in there once already to get the rope halter off her, after a little burst of panicky running around she held still for us. I am willing to wait a little longer til she feels comfortable, Atticus really freaked out during that little episode! He did not like seeing his girlfriend so nervous, lol.