She's here!

3 - 4 yr old, 15.2h black and white paint mare that has been rescued off the Yakima feedlot. She is a joint project between Trish and I and will be temporarily staying at my property until she can be moved to Trish's boarding facility.

She's here!

Postby Juliane on Sun Jan 06, 2008 9:11 pm

Trish and I decided spur of the moment yesterday to go pick up Wynona. She was at Sam's house, and while Sam had mentioned an upcoming trip in the near future to this side of the mountains, I think we were both feeling anxious about getting Wy home as soon as possible.

However, since it was so spur of the moment, we really weren't very organized! It'd been about a year and a half since I'd been to Sam's, so trying to find it in the dark was fun! And of course, we were really gambling with the weather and driving over the pass. Luckily everything worked out well and we made it home safe and sound from Yakima at around 9pm (we left Fall City about about 3pm).

My first impression of Wy was that she was very, very sweet and innocent. She is very mellow and laid back. She doesn't seem to have any fears towards humans and enjoys our company very much. She is very curious and friendly! Trish was easily able to halter her and load her into the trailer without coaxing! Wy hauled quietly on the way home.

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When we got to my place, I unloaded Wy and brought her down to the pasture. Trish and I had discussed how to unload and lead her down as it was dark, the driveway is very steep (it's quite a walk from where we can unload to where the pasture is), and we walk right past the wallabies and kangaroos - which can be spooky for horses. We decided to go ahead and just walk her down.

Wy was great and actually a bit more apprehensive about walking down hill than she was about the wallabies! What a good girl! We stopped into the barn for a moment to get a good look at her in the light - Trish looked at Wy's teeth and was shocked to notice that Wy is barely 2, according to our best guess. I have an appointment for Zoe with Dr. Hannah on Friday, so I will bring Wy along too in order to get a better overall assessment of her age, health, etc.

We headed down to the pasture and walked Wy around a bit, introduced her to Ace and Sweetie and then let her go. We stayed there for about 15 minutes to make sure they were all going to get along before leaving. Sweetie was her usual aggressive self, but I saw Wy kick out at Sweetie and defend herself, so we felt good about leaving them for the night.

Of course, this morning, I get a phone call at dawn to be notified that Wy was no longer in the pasture and had actually broken through the fence. Rex has done a superior job with the fencing for the entire pasture, it's in excellent repair and not something easily torn down. So, I was pretty worried - that and the fact that we now had a loose unfamiliar horse on our hands! Ugh!

So, I ran down to the pasture and saw Wy hanging out at the fenceline near one of the neighbors horses in a nearby pasture. I was easily able to walk up to her and put her halter on, but could see that she was pretty scared. Luckily she didn't have a mark on her!

Rex worked to fix the fence while I stood outside the pasture holding Wy's lead rope. While we were standing there, Sweetie did a small 'pinned-back-ears' charge at the fence where Wy and I were standing and Wy practically jumped out of her skin. It was immediately obvious what happened and that Sweetie had run Wy through the fence. :(

After thinking about it, we decided to bring down some of the other horses to add to the 'herd', that might help Wy feel more secure. Usually, when the other horses are turned out in the morning, they head straight for the bigger areas to graze and frolick. I assumed that if they got into a wide open space and not in a corner, if Sweetie was aggressive, Wy could get away without going through a fence.

So, after adding B and Dandy to the pasture with Ace and Sweetie, I brought Wy in. Before letting Wy go, I shoo'd Sweetie away multiple times. When I saw Sweetie leaving, I took Wy's halter off. Sweetie immediately turned and charged at Wy! Wy turned and ran back to wear Rex was repairing the fence and sailed over it! Ugh!

Again, she was easy to catch and again, didn't have a mark on her. But something had to be done with Sweetie! So, for the immediate future, Sweetie is living in the round pen :( I feel awful, but I don't know what else to do. I am hoping that if Wy has some time to find her place in the herd, without Sweetie's interference, we might be ok? Sweetie has always been this way with new horses, but once the horse realizes she's all bark and to just stay away from her, she stops acting so awful. I've never experienced a horse that would go through or over a fence to get away from her. Any suggestions?

In any case, once Sweetie was 'locked up', Wy settled in and immediately became buddies with B. She hung out all day with Ace, Dandy and B. Zoe, Caleb and Baby were in the temporary turn out (which won't work for Sweetie as it's hot wire tape and Sweetie goes right through that stuff).

Here's a few pics of her in the pasture today:

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Before feeding tonight, I brushed Wy and put a blanket on her. I didn't know if she'd ever had a blanket on, but if not, she was totally ok with it. She was a bit startled when it went over her back on the other side, but was fine with it being buckled, including the leg straps and walked fine with it on! So, maybe she has had a blanket on? Or, it's just her amazingly trusting, easy going personality?

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She has a huge snarl in her mane, but I was too cold and my fingers were numb - so I'll try and get it out tomorrow :)
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Postby stardreams on Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:14 pm

Welcome Wynona :)
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Postby myhorsefaith on Mon Jan 07, 2008 6:49 am

She is beautiful!

Juliane wrote:Sweetie immediately turned and charged at Wy! Wy turned and ran back to wear Rex was repairing the fence and sailed over it! Ugh!


ooo do I hear a jumper in the making?? :lol:

Congrats, glad you guys got her over here so quickly!
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Postby Altanera on Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:11 am

myhorsefaith wrote:She is beautiful!

Juliane wrote:Sweetie immediately turned and charged at Wy! Wy turned and ran back to wear Rex was repairing the fence and sailed over it! Ugh!


ooo do I hear a jumper in the making?? :lol:

Congrats, glad you guys got her over here so quickly!


I was thinking jumper or hunter when I saw her on the lot. Believe me I had to do a lot of sitting on my hands.
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Postby Juliane on Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:21 am

Oh yes - Wy can jump! It was very effortless when she sailed over the fence. I'm very relieved that she did not hurt herself!

She's very tall - probably 16hh. She is at least an inch or two taller than Ace, who is a solid 15.2hh. She is butt high and seems young, so may get a few more inches taller, as well as fill out.

Thank goodness she is a gentle giant! I think she will be safe to start under saddle - though if she is as young as we think, that may be a while yet! LOL
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Postby tmoore on Mon Jan 07, 2008 1:08 pm

Altanera wrote:
myhorsefaith wrote:She is beautiful!

Juliane wrote:Sweetie immediately turned and charged at Wy! Wy turned and ran back to wear Rex was repairing the fence and sailed over it! Ugh!


ooo do I hear a jumper in the making?? :lol:

Congrats, glad you guys got her over here so quickly!


I was thinking jumper or hunter when I saw her on the lot. Believe me I had to do a lot of sitting on my hands.


Just thought I would add that the fence she jumped was approx 5' high :shock: So glad that she survived her first night without a scratch and that she is not a routine fence jumper :lol: Thanks to Juliane, Rex, Tawny & Mandy for fixing the fence and helping Wy get through that first 24 hours. Now, hopefully Wy's confidence will increase and Sweetie's behavior will mellow a bit so that everyone can live peacefully together 8) I also think Wy will be easy to start and it is going to be so fun to see how she progresses, I can't wait to free-jump her and see how she does!
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Postby LorsaDoon on Mon Jan 07, 2008 3:10 pm

Her jumping reminds me of something I read once by, I believe, John Lyons.
You do not need to teach your horse to jump..It already knows how. :shock:
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Postby sara.ray on Mon Jan 07, 2008 5:26 pm

:) congrats!!!what a beauty she is :!:
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Postby Juliane on Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:11 pm

Ms. Wy is much more settled in today/tonight. She was much more explorative today, as she wondered around the entire boundaries of the 12 acre pasture. Sometimes she was with Ace, other times she was alone. It was good to see her confidence and curiousity as she wandered around.

I didn't want to interfere with the natural herd dynamics and social aspects that were taking place, so I stayed away from the pasture until feeding time tonight. Sweetie remained in the round pen all day, seeming to go from pacing and upset because she couldn't be with the herd and depressed as she moped around.

When I went to feed this evening, I spent lots of time loving on Ace and Wy, giving them treats, before entering the round pen and giving Sweetie some loves and treats. Ace and Wy stood on the other side of the panels waiting for the occaisional treat I would slip them. However, I took this opportunity to try to show Sweetie that being aggressive to Wy was not ok. I was holding her flexible rubber grain tub in one hand, holding out treats to the horses.

As soon as Sweetie would pin her ears or make an ugly face at Wy, I'd growl. If Sweetie didn't fix it right away, I'd bop her on her upper neck with the grain tub. It took twice before she realized we all had to play nice. Towards the end, both Sweetie and Wy were taking treats out of my hand at the same time - with happy faces :)

So, tomorrow I am thinking about introducing Wy to Sweetie by taking her into the round pen with Sweetie. Wish us luck that this will work out and soon Sweetie can get out of jail! :P
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Postby ptownevt on Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:48 am

My gelding is horrible with new horses and has run them through the fence more than once. I find that if I keep them next to each other, separated by a fence for a few days he calms down. He does remain, however, the boss. I had to wait for 2 weeks before he would let Anna's pony back into the pasture after Poco had been gone for 6 weeks.
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Postby Juliane on Tue Jan 08, 2008 10:20 am

Yes, I think keeping Sweetie in the round pen really did the trick. This morning, I took a couple flakes of hay into the round pen and then brought Wy in with Sweetie.

So far, they've been eating out of the same pile for about 15 minutes with no shows of excessive bossy attitude or overt fear. I'll give them a few hours together, and then let them both out and see how it goes. I think we may be in the clear! :)

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