I refused to encourage this. I didn't go get her, I didn't ride along, I didn't help her sneak it in like I did with Sally. I told her if she wanted her, she'd have to sit down, discuss her long time plan, show commitment to handling her, and be responsible for all bills, otherwise, with her papers, she will be sold, no questions asked.
Meet Little Sakem Dancer
. Daughter went to someplace near Fayetteville Arkansas to get her. She's an unhandled three year old, and I'll be darned if she didn't get her home and discovered a swollen fetlock and a wound. *headdesk* (HOW did you MISS that?) When asked of the previous owner, it's said to be SINCE NOVEMBER - which tells me there's something in it and it isn't healing, but hey, fun. Not my horse. But no vet in the state of Oklahoma can look at her due to liability, until she can be haltered.
Dr. Hannah did eyeball it yesterday, has some concerns there is a foreign object in there, as I had thought myself, or possibly even a bone chip. She needs x-rayed, needs it opened up and cleaned out ASAP. She doesn't seem to be favoring it, she's not limping in any way.
So. Daughter, J, and our friend K, who Gina adores and takes such good care of, are now working on gentling her. It seems to be going well - she's like Trigger, a right brain extrovert and wants to be friendly, she's curious, but she's also flighty.
I am in a consultant position only with this horse. She's going to have to earn her trust first and foremost. I did warn her early on that if you go back far enough into her pedigree, there is a LOT of Hancock in her. There's also a lot of Doc Bar blood lines. I'm hoping the more sensible Doc Bar will help cancel out the notorious Hancock traits.
She has no barn name yet.
She did go from being terrified of people yesterday to eating out of Daughter's hand, but still too shy to permit touching her. Daughter is working on her again today by just standing around or sitting in a chair in the pen. I suggested she take her college books with her and read out loud. She's a curious horse, so anything to keep her wondering what you're up to, without being worried, is going to be helpful. Jealousy has been helpful... just standing nearby, ignoring her, and making a big deal out of Gina, on the other side of the pen, has really gotten her moving in close.
As I told my daughter: I don't question the horse. I question her commitment and her grit.