Earlier I read about a lady who had a pony that was "bug Eyed" & "quivering mass of nerves." Well, ours weren't like that so I forgot where I found it. We have had our mini & pony app. 4 weeks.
The mini was not overly friendly, ubt at the same time, not mean at all. Once I get him on a lead the kids hoped on and rode with me leading. He would come up for treats but not for "conversation" with us. He was the one that was supposed to be broke.
The pony, who is 2 and half, was kicking and a mess. Falling all advice, when she kicked or put her butt to me, I shouted and raised heck - She is over it & I thought that it was on to something new.
The new is not better.
It's like when all your children need you at the same time except the one that needs you most is the quietest so you didn't realize they needed you the most. Now, finally have time to be with just Rocky (the mini)and he is a mess. That poor thing puts his nose in a corner and trembles from me jsut trying to brush him. He does not try to kick. He cowers and then bolts. He won't come for treats and although he won't kick if we try to put him on a lead once he is caught but it seems there is no catching him at all, now.
This morning, I went out & Rocky was caught on teh fence somehow. I got to him and realized how he was caught, talked low and got him loose. I went in right away to make sure he wasn't cut. He went crazy - which I kinda thought was normal since he had to be scared. I started humming and I cleaned their pen. I still needed to check his little face.
I put Shug out and thought I would keep Rocky in and just sit in there and talk low, he finally came up to me but was real jittery after about 40 minutes. He sniffed my hand but looks spooked if you move one inch closer. I finally left him alone after about an hour and a half as I thought maybe he needed some alone down time. I am keeping him and Shug seperate today to see how he is after we are done with our work at the library.
We never put a hand to that little guy, or would. I am just upset. Could the loud scolding with Shug have caused him to remember something that happened before here? Once I did smak Shug on the butt when she tried to kick me because I was actually close enough to reach her - she has been better ever since, too.
At this point, I have a few dilemas. I knew they had to have a home. I am glad they are here. I think they are lovely.
Dilema 1 - I am not rich nor famous and have limited funds - isn't that the major life dilema
Dilema 2 - should I send Shug to live at my Aunts for awhile and jsut concentrate on Rocky. But, Shug is actually affecionate and walks with me and is showing silly sweet traits, now. I am not asking for a reward, but I feel like it is a positive reinforcement on her part - she is keeping me going.
Dilema 3 - will anyone buy them since they are not broke. I could never tell someone a lie and that they were like I was told. I ay lie, but I think his idea of a broke pony and mine are different. He was a nice person. He grew up riding ponies everywhere and obviously knew about them.
Dilema 4 - will a horse ever trust again. I knew the former owner saved them from a bad situation - but I wonder how bad it was! I thought it was just living conditins and neglect, but now abuse enters my mind. Wyt would that little guy tremble! I mean literally tremble and I think his legs could buckle. I know the man who had them would NEVER abuse an animal. And the loved him
Dilema 5 - Their main caretaker was a man. Does that take a transition for htem to switch to a woman being in charge. I think that even sounds silly, but I wonder if I am so different than D. That they don't know what to think.
Rocky is a good boy and I don't want to give up. Shug is a sweetheart that is full of piss & vinegar and I love her already.