Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Desert from Hell, CA.
Hm, so I'm scratching my head right now, figuratively speaking.
I've been working with the semiferal shetland pony mom, and I finally had a breakthrough two days ago, when she lowered her head for me to braid her forelock and seemed to appreciate the touch. This was huge...she only takes treats about half the time when I'm next to her, and not once has she shown any appreciation or enjoyment in contact.
Today I went out to see the ponies, and left happy, but truly confused and not sure where to go from here, really. We did the halter dance again...she moves in quick circles around her stall to get away from whatever it is that I'm doing...I threw my leg across her back at one point, because oddly enough, this usually makes her still...got the halter on her, snapped the side on, no biggie...led her out of the stall, again, no biggie, no lead rope...put her on the cross ties...and she just stood there.
So yes, I know this is what she's SUPPOSED to do, but she also stands pretty quietly when tied. It's almost like ONCE UPON A TIME someone cared enough to work with her...note, she goes still if I put a leg up on her back. Kiera, good as she is, will stand when tied because she's a lazy little slug, but even though she wants to please, even she paws in cross ties. Mama Pony just stood there....*scratches head again*
So, I brush her out, stick her on a lead rope, brave the snow and lead her out to the indoor. After a verbal reminder to stay behind me (yes, I know the horse doesn't speak Engrish, but it worked lol), she walked at an acceptable distance, didn't crowd, didn't pull...I stopped walking her twice, and the second time I can say definitively...she leans across....and will put her face close to me, almost leaning a cheek against me.
...I think she's starting to like me... O_O
It's all very confusing though, the things she is willing to do vs the things she appears apprehensive to do...I swear, it makes no sense!!! We will be moving by June, and I'm definitely going to find someone to train her. As long as I can get her to trust human beings somewhat, a real trainer should be able to easily bring her the rest of the way along.
Originally Posted by Jareth, the Goblin King
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