Bubbles got a halter on today!
That's right! My "wild horse" got a halter on!
I have been working with her two days just on roundpen work, letting her know that the only "safe" place from work is with me. Today I introduced the halter, she was terrified of it at first, but soon I had her where I could rub her all over and then sneakily rubbed her with the halter and slid it over her nose and managed to get it on.
After lots of pets and love, I asked her to lead. She reared once, so we took one step at a time, but then she caught on just fine! We walked both directions around the round pen and backed up a little bit, then I let her go. I am SO proud of her!
Here's a pic of the crazy thing:
I'm hoping this can go on my resume should I ever apply for a job working with the BLM mustangs. :P They're never impressed with just "started colts", but I don't even know what to call Bubbles. She isn't a mustang, she's bred to the nines, she was just never touched since she was foaled. I think "wild" or "feral" works for her. What do you guys think?
I think unhandled (age) year old would be the most appropriate term for her.
That's so exciting though!!
Unhandled eleven year old...Yeehaw!
Wow, that's an old horse to be unhandled. I hope you don't have too much trouble with her.
Wasn't she also kind of unsocialized since she has only been with her dam her entire 11 years of life?
Yep, she had never been handled or touched by anyone or any other horse.
Now, I was just bragging on her, but she jumped out of the round pen while I was showering and would NOT let me catch her again! When I did catch her, she ripped the lead from my hand and let me tell you it was so abrupt..My back HURTS!
I ended up catching her mom and leading her into the round pen to get her back in (Not what I wanted, I'm trying to sever that tie!) And worked her again.
Then my Mom's boyfriend showed up and together we got her picking up her feet with the rope, and he is a farrier so he picked up and messed with her feet as well.
Tomorrow we will work on getting her even more responsive to the halter and desensitizing her to the rope. I leaned on her back today and she was totally relaxed but we are still a ways away from even introducing the saddle, let alone actually riding her.
Both her sire and her dam have very good minds. Her sire was the laziest horse to ride and her dam is an excellent horse just a little sensitive. I'm hoping we can get her to the stage where she's at least broke enough for somebody to want to buy her...
I think I'm just gonna update Bubble's progress here c:
Today I caught her without too much issue. We did a lot of desensitizing, and she didn't run off like I expected. She flinched and got nervous, but that was alright. She settled down.
We also worked on flexing and giving to pressure, She actually really enjoyed giving laterally because I would scratch her head each time, and she loves being scratched! I can flex her vertically as well, and she is starting to yield her hindquarters as well.
I tried teaching her to lunge and we did a little bit, but I think that will be the hard part. She's still overreactive to the stick. She's fine when I desensitize her to it, but as soon as I ask her to do something she gets nervous. Just another thing to work on, and for another day, when she is more responsive. I have to remember she's barely halter broke, and not to jump the gun.
She was AWESOME today!
She is yielding her hindquarters freely now, picking up her front feet (Admittedly I'm still nervous about her back feet, so just the rope for now, even though she's never offered to kick) flexing side to side and vertically with no resistance. She's the lightest colt (Only not a colt xD) I've ever worked with, comes off that pressure with just the feather lightest touch of my finger.
I got her lunging today on a longer line in the round pen, changing directions, etc. She is however rusty on her "whoa", but by the end of the session she got it pretty good that whoa means stop.
I have her "tying" (I.e. draping the line over the fence) and holding still, relaxed, while I brush her.
Also, we got boots on today!
Tomorrow I'm thinking I'll do the same stuff, refine her lunging, and maybe see if I can desensitize her to a saddle blanket. I'm trying to find as many scary things as possible for her to see right now.
Sounds like you're making great progress with her :D. Keep up the good work.
Oh, and she's gorgeous!
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