Going out for an evening drive!

19-20 year old 13.1h Paint mare was saved from the Yakima Feedlot in March 2006. Is scared of humans and needs to build confidence, love and trust. Entering training in May 2006.

Going out for an evening drive!

Postby Juliane on Wed Jun 14, 2006 10:32 pm

Since I had to take Class to her new home tonight and had the entire rest of my 6 horse trailer open, I thought it might help Emma's confidence level just to get out. Any handling is better than none, right?

I couldn't believe when I went out to the pasture and walked up to Emma that she stood completely still. She didn't move away or act scared at all! This is an absolute first! I was able to put her lead rope on right away (I still haven't taken the halter off yet - though we may be able to now!) and lead her out of the pasture.

Once outside of the pasture, I tied her up and brushed her down. She was calm and confident, even allowing me to brush her legs. I took my time with her and at one point, offered her an apple-asses treat. She refused to take it, so I held it up to her lips. After about 2 minutes of refusing it, she finally opened her mouth and chewed it in an exasperated manner since I "forced" her to eat it! LOL She is SO funny :)

When she was all cleaned up, we took Class and Emma to the trailer. I wanted to load Emma first, mostly since I wasn't sure if I would unload her and because I wanted Emma to have enough trust in me to load up at my request. However, my trailer was backed up to the end of my driveway where it starts to slant down an incline, making the step up into the trailer very tall. It was actually above her knees.

Emma was pretty worried about loading but never refused. It took about 10 minutes of calm reassurances and requests, as well as Emma's attempts to get in before she realized she just had to jump in! She was such a good girl as she leaped in and looked mighty proud of herself when I praised her for getting in. I tied her up and then loaded Class (who wasn't about to be outdone by Emma's loading skills!) right next to her. And off we went!

As soon as we got to Class' new home, I unloaded Class and then unloaded Emma. I tied Emma to the trailer and went to see how Class was settling in. Emma stood tied quiety and politely. She didn't paw or call out to the other horses. I almost expected her to pull back or panic, but she didn't. She was perfect! :)

After about 20 minutes, it was time to head home. I untied Emma and asked her to load up. I wasn't sure if she would since Class was gone, but she walked right in without hesitating and was perfect for the whole ride home. When I got home and unloaded her, I could sense a new calmness about her. She walked quietly beside me and when I stopped to answer a phone call, she grazed beside me - which she's normally too nervous to do! :)

Emma is really coming around and I'm hopeful that she will get over some of her deeply ingrained fears :)

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Postby cat_67 on Sun Jul 02, 2006 6:16 pm

It is really cool to hear about her progressing. I think she's figuring out that you won't hurt her. I always feel so sorry for older horses who don't know what treats are!
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Postby cybercat on Sat Jul 08, 2006 7:47 pm

how has Emma been doing? I know that she has this Jekyll and Hyde thing going on with her fears... I was wondering how she behaves if someone other than you, Julianne, working with or paying attention to her. Have you had experience with that yet?
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Postby Juliane on Sat Jul 08, 2006 8:36 pm

Emma seems to have ever changing days. One day she is really calm and quiet, the next, she's terrified of everything and anything in her path. My roommate, Nikki, has played with her a bit and it seems that Emma is as terrified of her as she is of me. But even more than the fear, there is an incredible amount of distaste and desire to not be touched, talked to or messed with in any way. :(
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Postby ptownevt on Sun Jul 09, 2006 5:44 am

Are you thinking about how long to give Emma before you decide to place her in a sanctuary-sort of situation where she could just be out with other horses and looked after in a noninvasive way? I'm not saying you're there. I was just wondering that myself, especially given her age and her lack of desire to trust and bond. Ace certainly looked like a tough nut to crack, but he pretty quickly displayed signs that he wanted to trust and have a relationship with a person. From what I've read Emma hasn't really shown that.
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Postby Nickie on Sun Jul 09, 2006 9:39 am

We have already discussed that, and Juliane had recommended that to me. The problem is, that there is no one that wants to take her and give her a forever home. PEC offered, but I think there is too much bustle and excitement happening over there, and I would like Emma to just be able to relax and slowly come to trust her new owner with no pressure. If you know of anyone that would be interested, please let me know. I would love for her to find her forever home. :)
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Postby Juliane on Sun Jul 09, 2006 10:47 pm

I would highly recommend that Emma NOT go to PEC. She really deserves to be retired in a large pasture with a herd. She does well in a herd environment and gets along well with other horses. She has really been hurt in the past and begs to be left alone. I'd love to see her go to a sanctuary of some sort. Unfortunately, I just don't know of something.

On a good note, it was easy to approach her this morning and give her her wormer. She stood quietly and didn't try to evade the tube I stuck in her mouth :) I was very proud of her!
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Postby ptownevt on Mon Jul 10, 2006 6:35 am

Has anybody asked Hytime if he would consider taking her. He seems to have a lot of horses and big pastures.

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Postby Juliane on Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:39 am

I am not sure if Hytime has been asked, but I agree. That would probably be an excellent place for Emma. I would be willing to haul her down too.
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Postby Nickie on Mon Jul 10, 2006 2:11 pm

He had said he would, but if he did take her, then that is one less rescue he could take in. He was looking into a trainer friend of his last I heard.
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Postby ptownevt on Mon Jul 10, 2006 5:56 pm

I understand that it would be one less rescue, but Emma is a rescue and a very, very hard to place rescue at that. It would also open up a training spot for a horse for whom training would make a big difference.
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