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        09-25-2010, 11:21 PM
    Talking Success!!!

    I'm really excited about this and wanted to share!!

    The first part of today's 3-hour visit kind of sucked... on behalf of humans. Like, we walked into the makeshift storage room and the third boarder's tower of supplies fell over. I looked at my friend and said: "Uhh.. that's not a good sign.." And politely picked everything up and complied it at the bottom of the buckets. It's the right thing to do.. So, we grab our stuff and go. Then the 3rd Boarder freaks out on us and accuses us of lying about the equipment falling. Lesson - look like a jerk who knocked it over instead of a thief trying to help.

    Skip. GOOD NEWS.
    A) My filly will be moved in the next two weeks. It's a farther location, but only temporary and no board since she's only allowed access for a band-aid of time. Cross your fingers about the 'forever farm' I've mentioned! [Moving will be more stressful, but at least there's unlimited food and space and no bitchy people to complain.]

    B) I was really upset by the 3rd boarders actions. We cleaned up our supplies and I put them away and there she is, going through her stuff, so I was like "It fell over and I tried to clean it up for you" and she grumped: "Yeah. Right." and continued rummaging. Simply, I walked out: "Whatever." Okay, so moving on. [Sorry] We decided to take the horses out of the yard so we could reflect on what the hell just happened.

    We're walking down this rural highway and for her first time EVER being on pavement, she was so good about it! We had 'paired up' before even leaving the driveway. Then several cars go by and she 99% nonchalantly keeps walking. Yep, there was a bit of a spook, but mainly a large twitch followed by the brace position. And then it was "oh, I'm still alive.." and she continued to walk. And once she tried to chase the dog. LOL!

    She was so attentive to any and all signals and melted on the trek. My friend and her horse also paired up and walked with us; and by the time we returned all of us were relaxed, kind of hungry and feeling good. Since mixing things up and "walking" her to new places, she's become quite excitable with my arrival. She has always haltered well, but sometimes leaned.. and now her nose dips in and we're off!

    I'm sorry this is so long.. and.. well, kind of angry again. But yay! It's a huge step in our progress! Tomorrow, my friend and I plan to walk again, but add a saddle to her back. We were going to today, but decided on baby steps. Didn't know if she'd bolt at traffic. Some people are so ignorant of horses though!

    PS - I do know about pavement and making horse's feet sore, that's why we made it short and kept arching off to the grassy side. :)

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