She's looking much better!
Today was a vacation day for me (told me I was off lol) so I spent a few hours at the barn :p A trail would've been amazing, but with her foot, wasn't going to happen. :/
So, I went down to the field and she actually moved towards me again! Progress! Haha. She does NOT like the mud we have to walk through (she sinks, I don't) to get out so I got tons of mud and dirt balls flung at me while she tried to run through it, haha. But, we got through and made it up to the barn. Since I found my own brushes (community brushes at the barn disappeared) she got a nice good brushing to get some of the STILL shedding hair off her bum and made her all shiny :p I need to go pick up a bottle of fly spray when I get paid though, because I feel like she's getting the brunt of them all since the other horses (that aren't sprayed) weren't being too bothered by them..
So anywho, I decided we were going to work on the dragging lead and not spazzing when she stepped on it..So, I dropped her lead in the arena and went out to have a cigarette. For awhile she didn't move (she assumed she was ground tied I guess, lol), and she hesitantly stepped one foot while I watched and continued when I didn't correct her for it. After about 2 minutes she had it under one of her back feet and had danced around a bit before it came loose. She stepped on it with her front feet a few times after that and didn't yank her head up (like she usually does, which is why I wanted her to figure it out), but picked one foot up and stomped it down in a different spot until the lead was free again, lol. After awhile after she went to eat something and I hollered she stood...and stood for a good 25-30 minutes without moving. It looked like she took my holler as a "stand still" and not to just not eat what she was about to, lol. She fell asleep for a bit and then I took some pictures and we went to doing something else. I'll have to figure out how to keep her moving safely with the lead dragging so she can figure it out solidly..but that's another day :p
I picked her feet out, had a small fight with her left hind in which she kicked out with a few times and stopped after I stopped shushing and hollered, but overall was good. She picked each foot up as soon as I asked for it.
I then took her into the wash rack to find a dead robin floating in a bucket O.O And then the beast decided to try and drink from the bucket! D:
So, I moved that behind stuff and got to fixing the water (I decided I need to use the hot with the cold until I get her her chiro and massage) warm enough she wouldn't drop her back and we just hosed down (both of us soaked lol). She tried to play with the water as I did her front legs and seemed to love it when I sprayed the water down under her face between her jaws. The rest wasn't too bad either..she figured out how to actually drink from the hose (grabbed it and sucked it right up, haha) and she didn't actually kick at all! I've been taking it easy on the hosing and just taking the water away when she stopped kicking, so it's been working. We're now to the point where she picks her leg up and seems to be covering her teets with it..So I keep telling her "down" and taking the water away when she puts her leg down. She's getting better, but since it seems to hurt her back when I hose that with water that isn't warmish, I'm not going to beat her for it. With this I think release of the water will work better for her, because she's not really doing anything wrong just by holding her leg up (since she's stopped kicking). Next time she'll actually be getting a bath and not just getting hosed off.
I took her out to stand tied (looped, lol) to dry while I took her feed down to refill her bucket for this week (1 bag lasts 2 weeks
) and then I took her over to hand graze for a bit. She did well, didn't try to drag me around this time, lol. She didn't seem to know what on earth the mini in the paddock next to the yard was though...or she hates it..or she misses the ones she use to be pastured with before I bought her.
But, I tossed her flymask back on (with no problems! Every other horse I've had to put one on hates it lol) and tossed her back down into her pasture.
Soo..I can't wait to start turning her new fat into total muscle! Soon as I can get her sound (I reallyyyy don't want shoes..so we're going to try boots on her fronts..cavallos or such first..) she's going to be hitting the trails everytime I'm out. Rain, mud, hot, or not we're going to be out there going up and down all those hills, lol. And then we'll start a bit more arena work and putting her on circles, spins, maybe some slides, and patterns :p I decided that I want her as a CTR horse mainly though..with just arena showing for fair in August (games, pleasure, hunter, etc).
So, pictures in next post :p Posted via Mobile Device