This is the question I ask myself time and again. But yes, two months ago I brought my girl home
My sweet, nervous, standoffish, skittish mare. When I got her, she wouldn’t even get close to me when I was holding a food bucket
and one step towards her sent her at least 2 back… Trying to catch her was… interesting, to say the least, even with her wearing a halter.
Since I can’t stand hard to catch horses, that was the first thing we were working on. Keeping her by herself in a smaller pasture, some days were diamonds, some were stones… Especially that epic day when it took me over 5 hrs to get her. But she learned that I WILL NOT give up, and that day something changed in our “relationship”. Suddenly she decided that she wants to come to me and say hello and even get some scratches!
By now she has moved to the ~20 acre pasture with the rest of the herd and seems to enjoy it. Most of the time she will come up when called (or if not, walk free with me across the pasture when I go and get her), but is not that far yet that she will stick her head in the halter - That may be a bit too much to expect, at least for now
Now we are working on all the other things that make horses a pleasure to have around: standing tied quietly for grooming, saddling and such; not losing it when a human waves his/her arm close to her, plastic bags, blankets, the horse-eating-hose and so on... It won’t be boring for a looong while, lol.
And just because I am so happy with her progress, I have to show off some pictures.
The first one is from when I got her and the others are from about 2 weeks ago…