The "horse-iest" area there is Norco, but it's a bit more expensive also. But the best tack stores are there & lots of vets. It's also one one side of the river-Mira Loma is on the other side-it's also "horsey", but a little less pricey. Just thinking of all that makes me miss my friends & all the fun I had there.
Aw, I'm sorry you miss it. You can visit, right? California is even more awesome when you've been away for awhile!
After the horrible sh*t that's happened to me in the past three months, I think it's safe to say that I deserve some of that awesome. It would be a nice change of scenery... I really can't wait to see my Kiera and see...who in the world is going to be head mare. SOMEBODY has to do it, right? And both my girls are submissive as hell.
Maybe we'll have a head gelding:
Anyway, one thing I've been wondering about...are there horse/tack auctions over there???! I LOVE the tack auction and I've been keeping my fingers crossed that between riverside and even TJ we might find a new place to check out.
Yes, Mike's on Limonite Avenue has twice a month horse auctions-usually preceded by a tack auction. Limonite Avenue runs beside the Santa Ana River I mentioned earlier-it's in Mira Loma-Now Jurupa Valley after becoming a city.
Sometimes it's hard for me to remember what a PITA Kiera was when I first got her. I remember some days leaving the barn so frustrated, thinking I'd made a mistake in getting her. Other days I'd make progress, and leave happy. Then those days began to outnumber the days I left frustrated, and as time passed, it's easy to glorify my drafty girl, and not remember when she wouldn't let me pick her feet up, or when she ran away from me in the field when I first got her, or that time we were walking a few months after I got her, and she pulled away the lead and ran back to the barn. XD She has done everything I've asked her for, for so long that it's easy to not remember those beginning days.
I'm working with the ponies, and it honestly in some ways seems like working with babies is easier LOL. I still see what a PITA They are...I mean they don't know SPIT, don't know why they shouldn't turn a butt to me at first, don't know wth a halter is, why they should put up with me etc. ...But they learn pretty quickly. Especially with the shetland colt. I mean, what's he going to do to me? I don't think he'll ever figure out if he's stronger than me, and that's a good thing.
Mama Pony is a completely different story. I would get so frustrated with her and think, my god I should throw in the towel. But then I reminded my husband what a butt Kiera was at first, and he in turn reminded me that our struggles aren't that different...Mama Pony has spent ten years of life not knowing that people know all the scritchy spots, and that we are not bad folk. It seems like with her it's 2 steps forward, and one back...some days she's ok with being brushed...this WEEK she's acted like the brush is going to bite her, and is back to flinching here and there. She'll make me dizzy in her stall to pick up a foot, then let me just HAVE the other. I know we've made progress, I just have to keep reminding myself that patience is they key, and to not expect to solve all her problems quickly.
I have probably ten days where I have nothing better to do but start packing nonessentials, start learning to play bass...and check out the videos and articles people have recommended to me. I think that reading up on horses with similar issues...and stopping to take a breath...will be good for the both of us.
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.
So, true story, I'm still scratching my head as to what to think about Mama Pony. Today I confirmed to myself that now, every time I go near a front leg, mama pony lifts and HOLDS her hoof up for me to clean... O_O
Imagine this... "Dammit, pony, I'm just trying to brush your leg!!!"
I haven't gotten to pick out her back legs yet...the vet said she can wait for the farrier until next month and gave us two injectable sedatives. He gave me some tips and told me to keep working on touching, just touching until she stops trying to kick. So we've been working on that.
She also allows anyone to approach and touch her when I have her on the lead, which is nice.
One thing that I corrected for today, is that I was Furminating her belly (she does not like belly touch, IDC, it's getting done), and she halfheartedly kicked at me. It was like a brush away and not a real kick...not sure how to describe it. And when she did it, she immediately moved away and looked at me to see how I'd react, like she KNEW she did wrong. Hm...I corrected her and continued brushing.
Anyway, weird horse, glad that she's starting to turn around. She seems so much BIGGER when I think about her and talk about her, and when I go there, I realize how small she really is, and how crap that such a small thing was so afraid...Then I bend her to my will hehe. It's nice to see her lean into a scratch, or lower her head and gravitate a cheek towards my body. Several times I started to doubt if she could be redeemable, and I'm sure we aren't over all the humps, but we're making progress.
So, good news!!!! Despite my ex's tax fraud and the delay on our return, we FINALLY got our tax refund...on Saturday for some reason, but who's complaining!
So the GREAT news is that a few days ago I bookmarked a local trainer who does PONIES AND MINIS!!!!!!
I emailed her last night as soon as I found out!!! If it sounds good, I may send Mama Pony to a real trainer soon for a couple of months training!!!! WHEE!!! I do want to pick up her hinds and get the farrier out first, but we are making so much progress now that I can't see it taking more than a week at this point! =D
On another note...god I miss my Kiera. I keep finding myself browsing horse ads and half arguing with my husband that we can *somehow* afford another horse before we move to a place where we can keep them at home. Deep down, I know we need to move first...and I know I'm only looking because I miss my girl. Well, either way...two months and I should be with her again! I just have to sit tight and be patient.
Well I got my baby girl back, but she is way obviously not so little anymore! Its only been a couple days but things are clearly different. She defends herself with the older mare....and she is a little more standoffish with me. But I had not seen her in nine months so I guess its to be expected.
She has had 30 days of training, 14 under saddle....but given our situation I probably won't back her. I may wait another year and get another 30 or 60 days. That would make her 3 and undoubtedly allow for more muscle mass and maturity.