I've never really been one for showing. Think it's probably because I don't like having my horses compared with other peoples, if I don't come first I think it's an outrage because in my eyes my horses are the most beautiful lol.
Anyway, we are absolute happy hackers so she will be going on rides all over the place, country lanes, woods, towns, open fields and beach rides!
I swear she has changed shape in the 5 days we've had her. She is now pro at picking her feet up and holding them there until I've finished picking them out. She works hard to figure out what it is she's being asked to do and once she figures it out she remembers.
She also has a new game which she thinks is funny. If I have nothing in my hands she walks straight up to me. If I have a halter the new game is cantering a circle around me for 10 minutes before letting me catch her.
I'll take a pic of her long hooves tomorrow so I can do a before and after once the farrier has been and trimmed them.
She's stopped malting so quickly now since she's been nudes in the day times lol, realised she should keep her winter woollies whilst this cold weather hangs about.
My goal for tomorrow is to do more rope and sack sacking out, may e take a sheet of tarp with me too. I've been getting her into the routine of having her rug taken off and put on while she's loose in the field as well as being tied and brushed and lead through the tape gates. She's settled into this now and seems to enjoy spending time with us.
Shoop has been on her first walk today! We took her out with Moomin on a hack and walked her through villages and past stables and traffic.
She really surprised me, I thought she'd be spooky and nervous, instead she was really brave and bold. She was happy to walk behind Moomin or at the front. We stood at a T junction and let traffic pass by her and she wasn't fazed in the slightest. She was really hesitant to walk into a puddle on the first half of the ride, took me a few minutes to convince her to get her front feet wet. But when we walked back past it on the way home she followed me straight into the deepest part, didn't need any pressure on her rope at all.
She is proving tricky to catch sometimes but once caught she is fine with most things. I think she will be a forward going ride, she's alert and bold. Loves to march at the front, with her head in front of me as well, so she isn't just following. She didn't spook or stop at anything on her walk today. Even if she looked at things she kept trooping on. Really impressed with her.
The markings on her face and body suggest appy blood as her face is really spotty, also her eye and her thin tail. Can't be sure of any of her breeding though because her parents are unknown on her passport.
I've got a feeling she has ALOT of growing left to do. As she is I would say she is about 14.3hh at her withers but her butt is sooo high lol. She is after all only 3, 4 in May.
Looking good. I loved the pics. If you want to catch her - and we've done this with every horse we've had for 40 years, is to buy mints. We buy the big round red and white, individually wrapped ones, which are found in every grocery store here.
Anyway, once you have caught her and put on her halter today, rattle the mint wrapping, then give her the mint from inside. A couple of times will usually be all it takes. Pretty soon, all you'll have to do is to rattle the mint paper and she'll come running. No more chasing her or any horse, around the field. My old Saddlebred trainer told me this trick and it really does work. Just remember, no mint until the halter is on.
It's funny you should say that Lizzie, we have both (myself and my boyfriend) tried to be clever and use the join up method of catching her. We will go a while trying to nicely walk up to her and at the last minute she walks off and we've ended up pushing her around the field at trot and canter waiting for her to get tired, drop her head, start mouthing, give up and come to us. This does not work with Shoop, she will quite happily just keep running all day long no matter how tired and hot she gets.
I will invest in a few packets of extra strong mints tomorrow and go for the ol' packet rustling method.
My old horses and ponies knew the sound of mint packets and it never failed to get their attention, I think maybe its time to go back to old easy tricks. If it aint broke don't try and fix it!
Anyway aside from being a little bugger to catch she's coming on in leaps and bounds.
I'm loving all the feedback, would be great to hear some other successful nervous horse stories, bit of motivation to keep going with her education.