Yep I do have my work cut out for me, but I hope that someday she(the mare) and I will be the best of partners. Thankyou for your encouraging words!
Day 7. Sharon came to see her horses today and appologised to them for not seeing them earlier and spent some time sharing space, cleaning there yards and seeing to there feed and was rewarded for her patience with an approach from her wee mare who we both agree is older than two and has had a fairly hard life.
Milly (sharons name for her) perhaps could have been vetted out in the muster process as her legs are not in the best of shape but Sharon is willing to give her a chance and that is good enough for me.........I watched Sharon from afar and she has restored my faith in humans.......she was kind and patient and non demanding of her horses, she did not expect her horses to let her touch them and was rewarded for her nonconditional ways. It has constantly amazed me this week at the way in which these horses have responded to being treated respectfully and kindly. Sure they are terrified of us and each one has a panic button we could push and over or through the rails they would go, but on the same hand they are inquisitive and downright nosey and I believe would never approach us if they felt threatened by us.
John and Prue came today as they do everyday and I look forward to seeing there car pull up the drive and everthing is dropped to watch John work......................He has named the black mare Desert Road Breakout and Prue has named the chestnut Buttons and Bows, I love these names and I think they suit them. Breakout has some fire in her belly and shows some real spunk and can spin on a dime, John says that if he were riding her his foot would have touched the ground! I told him that if I were riding her I would have filled my pants! Anyway he worked with Buttons and she touched and chewed his communication stick, what a breakthrough!
Buttons is a real sweetie and more laid back than the other two mares so I can see why John went to her first....If he has the confidence of Buttons then she will lead the confidence of Breaker, very clever I thought but still always following a respectful and kind way of working with them.
I had my time with my mare, first with cleaning there yard and then with feeding.....both her and Buttons were really cheeky and stretched there necks longer than horsely possible and snatched a mouthful of hay whilst I was still holding it and then just as quick took off to the other side of the yard as if the devil himself were after them and then stood there totally confused as I was left giggling like a silly school girl. Everytime I get an approach of sorts I become stupidly excitable and its going to be my downfall as it seems to scare the crap out of them.
Ok so after they had eaten I alpha'd my mare into the next pen, cool and calm, no tension and just asked her to stand in our already predetermined space of about 6 metres apart, my goal was for both of us to calm down in that arrangement facing eachother with her breathing calmly (not the big nostril flaring thing) and for me to slow my rapidly speeding heart. I'm looking for a resting hindleg from her and it wasn't until I could feel my own legs starting to cramp up that I saw her start to shift her weight, back and forth on her hindlegs and slowly she started to lower her head and there it was a resting offside hind, YES! So I hobbled out of the pen as I had gone all stiff and left the gates open for her to go back and she chose not to race back to the others...Yes another breakthrough, she is finding her confidence alone. Now this will make you laugh, when I was excitedly telling John about what had happened of course expecting to be showered with self serving praise and glory all he said was.......good job! And then Prue said Good for you!
I laughed too, it was there way of saying stay grounded!