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post #21 of 27 Old 01-10-2016, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone.
Well she is here and has been for 4 days, and oh my what a love she is. We have been doing little 10-15 minute sessions with her. Loose in the field.
We have had her pick up her front feet, leading, lets us touch her all over. She has even let me feel her bag, to see if she is bagging up. A couple of friends of mine have come up to see her while I am out and they have done the same thing, and my partner is also being hands on, so lots of gentle contact from humans. She has started now to follow me, and it comfortable in our space, ears forward! She is so so loving.
My friends, who are more experinced than me, think that she has previously been beaten for not doing the right thing, but she didnt know what the right thing was. She is wanting to please, she just needs asking correctly.
Im in love! She is amazing. She has fitted into my herd really well, and is herd leader, they follow her everywhere.
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post #22 of 27 Old 01-10-2016, 11:39 PM
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Aww, glad she's doing so well! What a little sweatheart.
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post #23 of 27 Old 01-15-2016, 12:14 PM
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i think i know!

she looks like she likes you but isn't very happy. she was probably using you as comfort because she wasn't happy with what was going on. maybe you smelled sweet or looked like something she liked.
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post #24 of 27 Old 01-15-2016, 02:27 PM
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that pony might end up being your heart horse.
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post #25 of 27 Old 01-15-2016, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
that pony might end up being your heart horse.
This pony IS my heart horse! lol.
I just need her to grow another 2 inches, then she would be suitable for me to ride in the future too. She really has won me over. She is only just over 3 so she has time to grow, and me time to diet lol.

There is just something about her, when we stand together, its like a little conversation happening, but nothing is being said.

From being relatively unhandled, I can now lift her tail to check her vulva, she even lets me check the walls to see if they are darkening. Lets me feel her bag. I can touch her just about anywhere. We are working on leading. Somedays its great, other days she gets a little nervy, but she always comes around. I love her so much! We are going to be an awesome team!
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post #26 of 27 Old 01-17-2016, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Just thought I would post this picture to see the change in her body language. To me she seems so much more settled, ears foward, bright eyed.
She has come so far in such a short space of time.
She really is beautilful, seeing her look so much brighter is amazing for me when i look back at the first pictures I posted. Will be interesting to see what the next 12 months brings.
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post #27 of 27 Old 01-17-2016, 08:45 PM
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She may have her ears back at the other horse in the back. She does look very gentle though.
Yes! You said the rest of the herd was nearby and I see her as being wary and probably more concerned with, and focused on the horses around her than the humans. There is no pinching of the nostrils (the nostrils flatten out and become oval shaped) or wrinkles above them so she's definitely not upset or unhappy, just very focused on whether or not one of the other horses is going to go after her.

Generally wherever a horse's ears are pointing, that's where their attention is. When you see ears pinned completely back, sometime all the way to the mane, that's aggression-there's no mistaking it once you've seen it!
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