I just want to start by saying that if you have seen this post on another forum I apologize as clip and paste is the best thing ever created. Also, out of desperation it is posted in several areas.
I have a beautiful gaited spotted saddle horse that I rescued 3 years ago. I am a rescuer and foster home for many animals, as space is plenty. When I purchased….. Yes you heard it right PURCHASED her she was under weight terribly, suffering from strangles and smelled like the most grossest thing as I could tell she was never turned out. My husband was trying to coax me to purchase another but I just couldn’t leave her to die. She would have died by the end of the week. Did I say we purchased a dilapidated old horse trailer also just to get her home that day.
Anyway, when I first got her home she was so run down and neglected that she wanted no human contact what so ever. She would stay at least 50 feet from you and was afraid of everything. Imaginary flesh eating eyeball sucking monsters were everywhere waiting to eat her. Literally it took a year just to get within 5 ft but she would tremble and her eyes would bug out and she would brace to run if you reached your hand out to her. Here we are 3 yrs later and the only accomplishment I have achieved is being able to occasionally touch her but only for a few seconds then she gets the wild eyes and backs off as though she thinks I am fixing to pounce her. She came to me rideable but I haven’t ridden her, not out of fear but out respect for her trust. She is very smart and will avoid capture at all costs. It is hard to get her into the round pen because she figures out your sneakiness before you can get her in. It is almost impossible. And, if the stars are aligned and the plants are in a precise “S” shape I might get her into the pen to halter her. With lots of horse treats I can get her into her halter in about 10 min to sometimes an hour. I am so at a loss at winning her trust and trying to bond with her. I have tried everything including treats. Maybe I am missing something. Please help.