Aw, I'm glad Muumi! She needs someone -besides me- rooting for her.
Right, cakemom? I totally agree. If the rescue evvvver gets a vet out here, there will be no debate. She's basically exploding in size every single day. It's cray.
In today's news, we worked on Lady's herdboundness based shenanigans.
I stuck Lacey up in the top paddock thingy (the area right inside the front gate) and, using a method I saw posted by Cherie, safely tied Lady to a large sturdy tree in the farthest, lowest pasture.
Basically, the idea is that she'll come to her own conclusions about how she should behave when left alone in a way that causes her to deal with her fear vs just running around like a maniac.
I found THE PERFECT tree to use as well. It has a very thick sturdy branch about 15ft off the ground, that's also clear of other branches so it's easy to get a rope over. It also forks off about halfway down it's length so I was able to wrap my line in a way that Lady can't pull the line away from the tree and she can't pull it closer.
I have no idea why I hadn't thought of using a tree. I had heard of the tying out/"patience pole" technique before but was always like "I don't have anywhere sturdy enough to tie to!". Well, DUH, TREES silly!
Anyway, she was "forced" to stand there for a good hour thirty, with Lacey out of sight, until she calmed her little patootie down.
I watched her from far enough away that she felt alone but I could come to her rescue if she really needed it.
She tried rearing a couple times - didn't work, she tried getting a running start and just busting things (good thing I was using a rope halter+a lunge line that has a spliced end - nothing to break) - didn't work, then she tried throwing her head around - didn't work, and then she settled.
She did continue to call sporadically (thank goodness Lacey knows that excessive calling isn't ok and thank goodness Lacey really doesn't care enough to call a bunch, I think Lacey's not panicked attitude helped calm Lady down - if Lacey had been frantically calling back, I bet there would have been more crazy) but she really did pretty well.
I got her after she had been quiet for 5 minutes, put her head down, and started licking and chewing. I figured that while she was still watchful+a little worried, I might as well take what she offered. :)
I'm a bit frustrated that the rescue hasn't helped me with this. I know them and their little NH cronies prooobbbbably wouldn't exactly agree with this method BUT, if they're not going to help, I can and WILL bring the big guns. I refuse to basically let my relationship with MY horse suffer because they're a bunch of sillies, you know?
So there. Take THAT rescue people!
I'm not sure if tying her out like that is an option while I'm actually gone with Lacey (don't want Lady getting hurt!) but I plan to repeat this a couple times before leaving Lady next time. Hopefully she'll pick up what I'm laying down, smell what I'm stinking up, etc.
On the Lacey front, yesterday I found some nylon mesh (flymask material) at the fabric store that has 90% (!!!!!!!!!!!!) UV protection!!! That'll be FANTASTIC for Lacey's eyes. Her usual masks only have 73% and for horses with ERU, more is better.
90% is like "The Guardian Mask" level which is basically the $95 Holy Grail of ERU flymasks. And if I can make a good enough one at home? SIGN ME UP.
So I'm pretty excited about that. I'm still working out the correct dimensions etc so it'll probably be a couple days before you see it, but know, I'm excited! lol
On top of that, if I can make it work, this flymask will have only cost me $9, compared to the $95 Guardian Mask and my $35 Kensington Masks (the ones with 73% UV protection). Say wuuuut? Frugality, yo.
And then, a few pictures, for funnsies...
These are my favoritest "fancy" flowers in the world.
My grandpa planted them in our yard years and years ago and they come back every single year. The deer come eat them after they get to a certain point in their bloom but so far they've been safe.
I discovered this in my "Lacey's Eyes" notebook. Apparently my Sunday lesson kid snuck me a picture when I wasn't particularly looking... She's super cute.
"YoYoYo dawgs! Tomorrow I'm getting ridden, I'm excited!"