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post #51 of 59 Old 12-02-2014, 02:13 AM
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love the photos and updates! im totes jealous of your setup...lol...
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post #52 of 59 Old 12-02-2014, 02:43 AM Thread Starter
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Laughing horse.....

Sorry - had to add this close-up of Vicky laughing - I'm not sure you can see it properly in the other photo, and it is sooo gorgeous!!

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Also, forgot to mention in the last update the in-stall training which I practise every time I bring the girls back in.....we leave a soft lead reign on both girls for 10-15 mins, to let them (primarily Shergar) get used to it being there dragging around and following them - Shergar already pays very little attention to it - other than to pick it up and try eating it!! It also gives them a chance to stand on it and so stop themselves walking ........ here is a picture of Shergar this weekend - she stood on it with her back foot whilst trying to get a drink - and then couldn't quite reach her head into the water!! It was very funny to watch her look round at me to see what was going on!! But she stays so calm and collected the whole time - no panic - she's doing great!

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This is Vicky, showing her how it's done!!

I also practise come, stand and back with Shergar, using the lead-reign from the open stall door, and leading Vicky round her stall.......

Thanks again to Super-Mentor Berrybridge for her ongoing help, advice and encouragement !! And thanks to everyone for their support and suggestions.....it's really good to know so many people care!!
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post #53 of 59 Old 12-08-2014, 04:15 AM
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The OP, Loungess, is making really good progress with the babies.
We have now started learning to give feet with Vicky, and yesterday she gave me her feet really well for a first try. I use the Month Roberts idea "stuffed glove on a stick" to get them used to being touched on all legs but also keeping out of danger.
Shergar is still relatively nervous and suspicious. One can only wonder what the breeder did, or didn't do, to this lovely baby to make her not like physical contact from humans. The still easily visible indentation on the nose made by the headcollar she was delivered in can give one an indication. She is slowly accepting scratching and rubbing, and in the box I could lead her and back her up a little. However as soon as she feels nervous she tries to bite. Obviously this is not acceptable, but it's definitely a "leave me alone" sign. So of course you don't give in, reprimand with a gruff NO and a flick to send her away. Then start back with the soft come to me and be nice work. End on a good note. Slow small steps in the right direction.
I'm really proud of Loungess's progress, as a novice horse owner she is determined to do everything correctly, and it's a real pleasure to have someone open and receptive to suggestions.
Obviously I'm not the worlds best trainer,but hope my experiences are a help.
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post #54 of 59 Old 12-09-2014, 09:21 PM
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That's wonderful to hear that Loungess and the girls are making progress. She's shown from the start just how dedicated she is to learning and giving her best for those lovely girls. You are doing a fantastic job in helping all 3 of them.
Please keep updating us with progress reports and hopefully more pictures as time allows. A whole lot of us are sincerely interested in their progression. And I'm sure Loungess is thoroughly enjoying what each new day brings as she embraces the world of horses and all it entails.
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post #55 of 59 Old 12-10-2014, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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Wink Very bad video - not for those with vertigo!!

Hi again,

not sure if this will work, but here is a link to a very shaky video one of my sons took last week - of putting the girls out into their new paddock.....

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Everything has bee progressing so well.....but I can see Shergar looking for ever more ways to be naughty.....

Yesterday she came up with the idea of NOT going into the paddock, but eating the nice long grass in front of the gate!! Vicky immediately decided she was missing out, and came straight back out of the paddock to join her the minute her lead-line was off........so we had a very entertaining 10 minutes with the pair of them trotting back into Shergar's stable together, then cantering back out to the grass in front of the paddock - I think I put Vicky back into the paddock about 5 times before they were both finally secured!!

Today, I will try holding a line attached to one 'runway' line to the paddock - sort of herding them in with it.......will see how it works!!

BerryBridge the Supermentor continues to be amazing - and so patient (with me as well as the girls!!). This week, at her suggestion, we will put up lines to make a 'play area' inside the barn, so they can be together during the day, and have more freedom.......and also play when they can't go outside. Will post pictures when it is set-up.
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Bringing in the girls.....

Here is a video of the girls coming in this evening, via a large puddle that they were very interested in - but see, no panic or commotion!!


And here is another video just after bring them in, of Shergar saying goodnight - see how cuddly she is becoming - we couldn't touch her when she arrived!!

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Bumping, so we can hear about the latest progress with your girls.
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Update on the fillies.
Loungess is doing tremendously well, and now leading both together back in from the field.
Vicki is now able to be separated slightly from the other and has understood stand, go back and walk on. She is also starting to give her feet for a little while. She was the filly which had been handled well as a foal.
Puzzle ( formerly known as Shergar) had me in tears yesterday. She has always been very frightened and unsure, especially of me. She was always ready to either bite or turn her bum on me and threaten. But yesterday we had a huge breakthrough. Her whole demeanour was soft, accepting and she wanted to be with me. I really did have tears in my eyes. This big worried baby who really didn't have a good start in life with her breeder, was not handled properly, had been drugged and obviously an over-tight headcollar had been left on her from which you can still see and feel the indentations on her nose, has now become a willing and inquisitive yearling, and is a huge credit to the efforts Loungess has put in.
Patience and kindness are really working.
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Update on the fillies.
Loungess is doing tremendously well, and now leading both together back in from the field.
Vicki is now able to be separated slightly from the other and has understood stand, go back and walk on. She is also starting to give her feet for a little while. She was the filly which had been handled well as a foal.
Puzzle ( formerly known as Shergar) had me in tears yesterday. She has always been very frightened and unsure, especially of me. She was always ready to either bite or turn her bum on me and threaten. But yesterday we had a huge breakthrough. Her whole demeanour was soft, accepting and she wanted to be with me. I really did have tears in my eyes. This big worried baby who really didn't have a good start in life with her breeder, was not handled properly, had been drugged and obviously an over-tight headcollar had been left on her from which you can still see and feel the indentations on her nose, has now become a willing and inquisitive yearling, and is a huge credit to the efforts Loungess has put in.
Patience and kindness are really working.

This makes me so happy! What a breakthrough to have, in such a short time as well. I can't wait to see you both in action with them
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