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post #11 of 27 Old 12-09-2015, 07:07 AM
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Looks unsure. As others have said some amount of tension in her face but not meanness or aggression. I'd say she is also paying attention to what is happening to the side of her.
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Sure isn't mean........

I see a relaxed pony.
One who is semi-curious to these new "humans" messing around with her.
One with the ear listening to what is going on around them but relaxed enough the ear is at "half-mast" as I call it.
The nose I really don't see tension in, no curling or flaring the outer edge much.
What I see is "scenting", breathing in of different smells she has not had before...

She may not have been handled much, but what was done with her appears it was done with kindness so she has no reason to fear or retreat...

She's cute but with how you describe her I would be getting a vet out and probably quarantining her from any other horse till brought up to date on all things...for her protection and any other horse you have.
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post #13 of 27 Old 12-09-2015, 12:40 PM
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I get out of it that she hurts somewhere, is in some degree of pain.
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I agree with the others that this doesn’t look mean or aggressive at all. A little unsure/uncertain, but she’s got a very kind eye and a gentle face. If she’s not halter-broke I’d be cautious to her reaction to the halter, as it might have just been her being unsure about the pressure and not quite knowing what to do. That might be her general reaction to everything, or she just hasn’t decided she needs to do anything about it.

If you’re interested and have the time to commit to training her, I’d say get some vet work done to make sure she’s healthy, but if she’s that gentle now, she may be an excellent riding/driving horse with some work and time!
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Keep in mind that she's in her home environment. Should you buy her you may find she's a completely different pony. Will she wind up on her own or in with others when moved? Changing addresses is quite stressful on horses especially if they lose the security of a herd, even a herd of two or three.



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Dusty does this when she is happy, or tired. She does this when she is eating or around me (unless I'm grooming or riding her) xx
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post #17 of 27 Old 12-09-2015, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. She is a rescue, and would be coming on long term loan, with eventual ownership if it works out on all sides.
I would have the vet out as soon as we could, have her checked over and blood tested for pregnancy. They assume she would be due early summer next year.

She has been living in quite a large herd. According to the lany who rescued her, she was even calm when it can to loading her to move her to safer premises. She does seem very laid back, but I realise that could all change.

She would live in a herd with us, we have another 3. Once we have the all clear from the vet. Although the lady who rescued them did put them straight in with her herd, and they all on the face of it seem very well considering.

They werent rescued due to neglect, but because the guy who owned them is elderly and couldnt cope with so many of them, he kept 4 still though.

She is almost certainly in foal, as she ran with a 2 yr old from early summer, and a stallion in july. So im thinking of turn her out with mare who foaled this year, and is very laid back. We are lucky that we have all the room at home to be able to do it, so time wont be a problem, I could just do with lighter evenings to come around sooner!!
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I agree with the others that this doesn’t look mean or aggressive at all. A little unsure/uncertain, but she’s got a very kind eye and a gentle face. If she’s not halter-broke I’d be cautious to her reaction to the halter, as it might have just been her being unsure about the pressure and not quite knowing what to do. That might be her general reaction to everything, or she just hasn’t decided she needs to do anything about it.

If you’re interested and have the time to commit to training her, I’d say get some vet work done to make sure she’s healthy, but if she’s that gentle now, she may be an excellent riding/driving horse with some work and time!
Thanks Mulefeather. She was caught quite well, and once halter was on was lead up the field with no resistance, so someone must have doen some work with her. I know the lady who rescued her has been doing as much as possible in the few weeks she has had them. However I know that can all change in a new environment, but we plan on going at a gentle, regular pace with her.
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She may have her ears back at the other horse in the back. She does look very gentle though.

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post #20 of 27 Old 12-11-2015, 10:18 AM
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I have to agree with the others. Not aggressive at all but definitely insecure but I feel she would come around quickly with the proper one-on-one. That being said once she gets comfortable with you, I would suggest slowly introducing her to another person that will be available regularly to build trust. Too much one-on-one without much other interaction with others could cause her to become defensive with new people around if she is an insecure horse.
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