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post #1 of 114 Old 10-16-2018, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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A New Adventure Begins

Well, this month has been full of lots of surprises and changes. A little while ago I moved into a cabin on my grandparents property who live out in the country. I also got permission to get a horse if I wanted. Well, I ended up finding a 6 month old filly instead. So I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that she gets to be hauled to where I live this coming weekend sometime.

I went and saw her in person a few days ago and fell in love. My grandma went with me and she fell in love with the little filly as well. It's unknown what breed she is exactly as they came from a reserve where they ran wild and free but they do know who the sire is and he looks like a black and white paint/pinto and the mom looks like she could be part paint as well. Both parents had 1 blue eye and this filly has 2 blue eyes which is adorable. But not only is she cute, but she has a very sweet personality to match.

I spent about 1.5 - 2 hours with this filly when I first met her. And it seems she isn't 100% halter broke yet, but very close to it. She resisted following me initially when I tried to lead her, but after a bit, she started to walk where I led her too. Even got her to back up a step or two. I could pick up all her feet as well, though she seemed the most stubborn with her left front foot. The last half hour I spent just petting her though. I took off her halter and set it aside and just rubbed her neck and back, doing slow circles kinda like a massage. It didn't take long before she started to fall asleep next to me lol. She could've gone back to where her mom was, but she stayed by me instead and it was so funny watching her fall asleep right beside me while I rubbed her.

Can't wait for my new journey to start when she arrives. I have a lot of plans for things I'm going to do with her over the next couple of years. Also need to come up with a name for her. So I'll update this once she's arrived and how she settles in.
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post #2 of 114 Old 10-17-2018, 01:03 AM
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Very pretty horse. I'd be very excited, too.


She is weaned?


Will she have any company, I mean, horse company, at the new place?
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post #3 of 114 Old 10-17-2018, 01:07 AM Thread Starter
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Very pretty horse. I'd be very excited, too.


She is weaned?


Will she have any company, I mean, horse company, at the new place?
Yes, she's weaned. And she will have company. My grandma has 2 ponies she'll have for company all the time :)
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post #4 of 114 Old 10-21-2018, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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I'm so excited! On Tuesday, so in 2 days, my little filly will be brought home
I can't wait to start having her around and work with her towards an amazing partnership. She seems like a very smart and sweet filly so I'm sure she'll turn out to be an amazing horse when she grows up.

The lady who currently has her, sent me this image this morning. She's getting her used to the trailer already and letting her check it out on her own. So hopefully when the day comes to haul her, there'll be less stress about it all. I know this little update is short, but there's not much else to really say. I'm just so excited that I had to post a little something and share the pic of how well she's doing.

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post #5 of 114 Old 10-23-2018, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #6 of 114 Old 10-25-2018, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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Day 2

Today was pretty interesting. This morning, I went out and spent an hour with my new filly before work. I went out to where she was and greeted her, petting her a bit before walking off, saying it was time for breakfast. And after a small hesitation, she actually followed over to where I was getting the hay. I didn't do much though, just gave her, her breakfast and brushed her while she ate. I also just hung out with her. A little later during that time, I took out the lead rope and carried that around and rested it over her back and rubbed it with her. She still seems occasionally uncertain about the lead rope and halter since she isn't fully halter broke, so I'm just working on her getting comfortable around me and the rope without having any "real" work going on or required of her. Just for her to accept the rope and for it to be a positive thing.

Then when I came home after work, I went out to see her again. As I stepped through the gate, she looked over at me and actually walked over to me I was/still am pretty excited about that. Again, I worked with the lead rope around her and got out the halter too. This time I took it a step further and put the rope around her neck too like you do when you go to catch them so they can't suddenly decide to just walk off on you. On the left side, she did pretty good. It didn't faze her at all really. But on the right side, she was more uncertain and tried to move away a bit but soon settled down. After doing that another couple of times, she calmed down for that as well.

Once she was good with that, I laid the rope across her back and brought out the halter. I basically repeated the process with the halter and put it on her a few times as well. I didn't do any leading around as I simply wanted her to focus on the fact that the halter and lead rope aren't scare things and it's something to look forward to instead of taking off from it. She did pretty good and I'm thinking it won't be long till she is halter broke with how well she's been taking everything at this point. It's a blast working with her so far :)
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post #7 of 114 Old 10-25-2018, 08:03 PM
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Congrats on your new filly! She is absolutely adorable!!!
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Oh, I'm so happy you started a journal to track your progress with your sweet filly! I'm totally in love with her! Just out of curiosity, is she a registered Paint or...? (sorry if you already mentioned this and I missed it)
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post #9 of 114 Old 10-25-2018, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Congrats on your new filly! She is absolutely adorable!!!
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Oh, I'm so happy you started a journal to track your progress with your sweet filly! I'm totally in love with her! Just out of curiosity, is she a registered Paint or...? (sorry if you already mentioned this and I missed it)
I'm glad you like the journal :) And she isn't registered. Her breed is unknown actually. Her parents ran wild on a reserve and the lady I got the filly from got her mother during the winter. So my guess is the filly is quarter horse and paint cross. My great aunt things she might have a bit of arabian in her too cause of her face with having a smaller nose and other features. So I'm not entirely sure what she is, but I love her all the same :)
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Day 3

Today was another good day. Also did a bit more today than I did the past two days.

This morning I was actually running a little behind schedule so I took my breakfast out with me when I went to see my filly so her and I ate breakfast together xD When I was done with eating, I decided to do some spur of the moment desensitizing. My food had been in a white paper bowl so to get her used to random objects, I used the bowl to rub along her and move it around. She sniffed at it once, but otherwise really didn't care about it. It seems like not much deters her.

After work, I went out to her again but this time, worked on leading her around. She followed fairly well and have started using voice cues already as well, such as "walk on" for when I want her to walk and saying "whoa" when it's time to stop. I also introduced something new to her which was asking her to back up and used a que word for that too which is "back". She definitely was a bit confused about about that but it didn't take long for her to catch on. Though at one point, she didn't quite want to do that and pawed the air/ground in front for a moment first. So I told her "back" again and this time tapped on her chest as well to add a bit more pressure. She resisted a moment longer but then finally took a step back. I released the pressure as soon as she did, but then wanted to walk forward again. So I got her to back up again to correct her and that went smoothly and she also held still after that.

I ended our little session by picking up all her feet. She's still new to that too so it took a little bit to pick up her feet but wasn't too bad. One of her front feet she tried to take back but after a second or two, relaxed and was fine. However, with her back right foot, she tried taking it back and even tried walking sideways and away to get her foot back. But since I was holding onto her lead rope, I used it prevent her from wandering off and instead, going in a more slow and controlled circle until she finally relaxed her foot. I picked up that foot an extra time as well since it seemed to be her "problem" foot so to speak. And she was fine the next time i asked for it which was nice.

So that brings us to the end of day 3. Progress has been made and I'm super excited about it.


*Side Note
I came across a horse on facebook that sounds amazing. I've been thinking about getting an older horse that would be kinda like a mentor to the filly so she knows how to be horse and would be able to put her in her place better than a small pony would be able to do. Also, by having an older horse, I'd be able to go out and ride more regularly instead of just twice a month for my lessons. Not to mention, this horse has been ridden english, bareback, and western and is beginner friendly.

And when it comes to actual riding, I'm along the lines of a confident beginner, though I'm not too bad as I have ridden a green broke horse before as well as stayed on during some bucking from a different horse who happened to feel spirited that day haha. Anyways, so by getting an older horse that's also been used for lessons, i'd be able to go riding more frequently and build my experience that way. i'd also then be able to pony my filly around once she's halter broke to help build her confidence outside the property as well and all that good stuff.

But this is all just a thought right now. I talked to the lady about the mare and things honestly sound fantastic and would work out quite well if I was able to get her. She'd also be perfect for my grandma to dote on as she loves to spoil her horses and one of her ponies is getting really old and may not live too much longer. Again, nothing has been decided. Just something i'm kinda hoping that works out.
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