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        02-16-2013, 03:46 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Valentine's story?

    Was she a rescue? It sounds like whether she came from an official rescue or not that she was rescued from a situation. What is her story? How old what breed broke? Etc

    I would try and catch her by not going straight at her with your shoulders / body language .. I would walk around lije you dropped your keys and your looking for them.. All the while zig zagging closer to her but your not interested in her and she will get curious about you have a lead rope so when she meets up to you you can pet her and reach up and grab it around her neck
    Then you can slip a halter on.. If it were me I would see if she will lead with the rope around her neck.. If not can always slip on halter

    Also is there a round pen? That she will go into to eat? Then you can catch
    her put a halter on her .. Lead her around .. Brush her down good .. Work on trust picking up her feet etc
         
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        02-16-2013, 10:51 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Hi, Horsigirl!

    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.
         
        02-17-2013, 12:43 AM
      #13
    Showing
    Put a whole bunch of hay in the stall and spread it out towards the entrance.. as in she gets more when she starts to go inside.

    I think 2 flakes per meal isn't enough for her either.. especially since it's winter there?? I'd throw at least 4. Hay is better for gaining weight than grain and it'll keep her warm too.
         
        02-17-2013, 02:41 PM
      #14
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    THis is not going to happen overnight - it took months for my friend to get her mare to go in the stable on her own. Leave Atticus in if he's OK with that and place her hay inside the stable and some around the entrance where she's under shelter
         
        02-17-2013, 03:31 PM
      #15
    Foal
    This is the hard part with helping people and not seeing the situation. Lol. I agree with above posts, but also something to just keep in the back of your mind for the future. When you get her caught and everything is to make the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard. When you have her on the lead rope and want her to get into the stall, work her on the ground outside the stall, (Doesn't have to be right outside the stall.) And let her rest when she goes near the stall. Then take her away and work her again, and bring her back and let her rest. Soon she will get the point that being outside the stall is work, and being inside the stall is rest. That is making your idea their idea. But again, that is just for future reference.
         
        02-17-2013, 05:46 PM
      #16
    Foal
    You guys are so awesome! I really appreciate all the excellent advice. Valentine has decided we are OK and has been quite docile and even affectionate today so my goal now is getting the vet out here TOMORROW because the real problem is, she doesn't seem to have much of an appetite. : ( I thought at first it was just being in a strange place but now I am not so sure. She grazed all day in the yard and is eating her grain but hay doesn't particularly interest her, nor does any fruits or veg. Her energy level is good but I did notice today that, while Atticus galloped all the way up the hill from the pond, she only ran halfway and them slowed to a walk. Maybe she just has a different temperament from our high-energy, greedy gelding but I need the vet to check her out sooner rather than later.
         
        02-17-2013, 06:47 PM
      #17
    Showing
    I hope you can get to the bottom of the issue, OP!
         
        02-18-2013, 05:23 PM
      #18
    Foal
    The vet came today and, working on a presumptive diagnosis of stress ulcer, started her on Ulcergard and Banamine. She also has a corneal ulcer so that's triple abx ointment 3 times a day to her eye. Her teeth need floating but it's not bad enough to be causing her discomfort' eating so we'll take care of that in 2 weeks. Other than that she looks sound. If there's a problem with the blood work the vet will call. Vet did not seem too concerned about diet, just said to continue with what we are doing but that if we wanted to try beet mash or rice bran or whatever, feel free. Valentine was not a wonderful patient but they've seen worse. She is a very green horse, doesn't know anything. I've left the halter on her (it's a breakaway) with a short length of lead rope and we are going to practice walking in and out of the stall and some other basic obedience skills.

    I am just relieved that she is basically OK. She had been quite subdued this morning and I was worried there was something seriously wrong but the vet thinks it's because her eye is bothering her. Her eyes looked fine yesterday but I did notice her squinting the left eye this AM so it's lucky the vet was able to come today!

    The local hospital called while I was trying to catch Valentine wanting to know where their money was (took a trip to their ED recently). I told them I was fixin' to spend it on my horse and to call me next month!
         
        02-18-2013, 05:48 PM
      #19
    Showing
    You're such a wonderful owner! I'm glad she is getting the help she needs.
         
        02-19-2013, 09:26 AM
      #20
    Super Moderator
    You seem to be doing a great job and not rushing her is the far best way to go especially if she's already suffering with stress issues
    In a few months time I'm sure she will be like a 'normal horse' (whatever that is!!) and all of this will seem like a distant memory
         

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