An updated assessment on Emma

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.

An updated assessment on Emma

Postby Juliane on Tue Jul 18, 2006 11:36 pm

I pulled Emma out on Sunday to see what would happen if I pushed her past her comfort level. I was hoping to be able to get through to her. I had yet to see her "explode" particularly - she just seemed to stand there and shake with fear anytime I tried to do something with her.

When I brought her to the round pen, I let her loose and started lunging her. She immediately took off running, thinking I was chasing her like a predator. It only took a few minutes for her to relax and get to work.

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After lunging for a short while, I saddled her up. She was ok with me putting the saddle on her, though the minute I cinched it up, albeit slowly, she reared back and then bucked a few times in place. Then she stood there quietly. I was calm with her, but instead of the typical gentle praises, I was businesslike in my mannerisms as we walked to the center of the arena.

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I attached driving reins to her halter and proceeded to drive her around the round pen. Surprisingly, she did amazing. She had no issues with the lines against her hind legs and was very, very responsive to the pressure on her halter.

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Then, I tightened up her cinch and started putting weight in the stirrups. This was fairly difficult because I had put my treeless saddle on her, and all of my girths were too large, causing the saddle to be too loose. However, she was pretty good as I lifted myself into the saddle and laid over her back.

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All in all, Emma did really well. I treated her in a very businesslike manner in regards to my expectations. I didn't pamper her or cater to her fears. At the same time, I didn't ever get angry at her when she reacted due to her fears.

I think that since she did so well, I am going to continue to push her further and see if I can get her started under saddle. I need to do whatever I can to help her chances at a successful future.
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