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post #1 of 12 Old 10-06-2015, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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Is it really only 2 months?

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…
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-06-2015, 12:25 AM
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Excellent job of bringing her back to her rightful beauty!
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post #3 of 12 Old 10-06-2015, 12:43 AM
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Nicely done!
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post #4 of 12 Old 10-06-2015, 01:06 AM
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What an excellent job already, keep up the good work!
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post #5 of 12 Old 10-06-2015, 01:43 AM
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GOOD JOB! She looks so much healthier and happy.
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post #6 of 12 Old 10-06-2015, 02:05 AM
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Awe! She's starting to glow. Nice job
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post #7 of 12 Old 10-06-2015, 03:21 AM
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Awe! She's starting to glow. Nice job
She really is! It's hard to tell that's the same horse in both pictures. :)
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post #8 of 12 Old 10-06-2015, 06:55 AM
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What a nice looking girl, you have done a great job getting weight on her, grooming so that her coat shines with good health, and you can tell the care and pride you take in her personal well being.

I am with you, I cannot stand a horse who will not be caught. Never had one go 5 hrs till they were worn down but I had had a "talk" with my gelding when I first got him about running when I went out with the halter, after being moved about on a small field for about 45 minutes, he decided that walking/trotting in the hot Texas sun was not conducive to a pleasant day with me. Now all 4 of ours come when called and are a pleasure to be with.
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-06-2015, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys! I don't think I did that much, except providing her with TLC and plenty of attention

I didn't think she looked bad when I got her, but the difference to now is quite striking. OK, change of the season helps as well, but even my non-horsey hubby commented that she is looking better.

As soon as my crazy work schedule gets better I even will have time to ride and work on muscling her up... This will be "fun" as she was sitting for at least 2-3 months...

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I am with you, I cannot stand a horse who will not be caught. Never had one go 5 hrs till they were worn down but I had had a "talk" with my gelding when I first got him about running when I went out with the halter, after being moved about on a small field for about 45 minutes, he decided that walking/trotting in the hot Texas sun was not conducive to a pleasant day with me.
Lol, Mississippi in August is brutal too . Maybe that's the reason it worked so well in the end?
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post #10 of 12 Old 10-06-2015, 03:20 PM
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She's looking good! <3 Glad to hear things are going well~
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