Day #1 - Filly Arrives
Well, my little filly has finally arrived!! So today is day 1 of her being here and I'm pretty seeing where we will be at in a year from now.
When she arrived, the lady opened the trailer door and revealed this little filly just standing there, munching on some hay as though this was totally normal xD She didn't even a drop of sweat on her. It was rather funny just how chill she was with being in the trailer and having been hauled for the last 3 hours. Though it did take a bit of coaxing to finally get her out of the trailer since she was somewhere new now.
Once she was in her new enclosure, she still remained fairly calm as she walked around and explored. There were no "fireworks" so to speak. She seemed to take everything in stride and walked around to check everything out. I hung around to see how things go, though kept my distance so she was free to explore as she wanted and didn't have to worry about me doing anything. Though at one point, she did actually come over to me on her own to sniff at me before continuing to explore.
A few minutes later, the mare pony realized there someone new. Now, there are two ponies on the property that belong to my grandma. An old sassy mare around 10 hh or just under, and a very sweet smaller gelding who's pretty half the size of the mare. We put the ponies in a different pen so there wouldn't be too much going on all at once for the little filly, and also let them get acquainted over the fence first. Well the initial sniff meeting went pretty good. The filly did a bit of clacking which is pretty normal and nothing crazy happened.
The mare did become more aggressive in behavior later though. She would pin her ears (though I never saw her really try to bite too much), and also would toss out sudden backwards kicks like she was throwing a fit. She'd also pin her ears at the little gelding whenever he wanted to come greet the filly and would chase him off, adding a nip or two to him. She's always naturally been a little more on the aggressive side towards the gelding (nothing major, just is definitely the boss and will chase him away from hay if they're fed too close and that sort of thing). So it's probably going to take a bit before she warms up to the filly.
Once the filly was settled in a bit more though, I started to walk around more and greeted the ponies for a moment while the filly was off checking something out. Next thing I know, the filly has wandered back and comes up right beside me. So I pet her while she sniffs at the mare again. At one point, when I stopped petting her, she actually turned her head in for more scratches. So she definitely seemed to enjoy the attention. A little later, she was standing in a sunny spot so I went over to her and started petting her there too. She didn't even move a single step when I approached her which was awesome to see.
Since she was so calm and doing so well, I decided to see how she'd do with being caught. So I went and got the lead rope and halter and put it on her with pretty much no problem. When she realized I had the rope around her neck, she at first wanted to walk off but since she couldn't, I was able to slip on the halter without a problem. After that, she very easily followed me wherever I led her. Except one spot spooked her, but we slowly managed to make it through there anyways. I only did one small loop around the pen before letting her go since I didn't want to do too much with her on her first day.
I left for a bit after that, but about an hour later, I went back to her pen since two of my great aunts showed up and wanted to see her. So we headed out there and it was pretty awesome when the filly started to actually walk towards me when she saw me. She stayed around for a bit, though soon wandered off back to her hay. But apparently later on, while I was gone, one of my other great aunts showed up for a visit so my grandma went with her back there and the filly greeted them as well.
So all in all, I am very in love with this precious little girl. She seems to be the kind of horse that's "born broke" so to speak. Reason I say this is because of how calm she is despite a bunch of new and "scary" stuff happening around her (so I'm thinking she'll become a pretty bomb proof kind of horse) and she likes to be around people as well as wants to please whenever you ask her to do something. I definitely look forward to seeing how things go from here. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DqPJOT1V4AApbxL.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DqPJTFKVsAE0SyI.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DqPJUNzUUAMkk-l.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DqPJXK6V4AAk_zY.jpg