How is Patience

This beautiful 6 year old sorrel mare was rescued from the Yakima Feedlot on 12/13/05. She had a halter that was severely embedded into her jowls, poll and nose.

How is Patience

Postby LorsaDoon on Sun Apr 30, 2006 3:00 pm

I have been watching Patience since she appeared on the CBER website and following all the progress you have made with her. :D I hope you post a picture of this beauty soon. She will always be one of my favorites and I am so glad you have her.
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Postby Juliane on Sun Apr 30, 2006 8:41 pm

Patience is doing really good. I am so in love with that girl! She definitely has a LOT of deep seated fears in her that I'm having difficulties getting through. I have done alot of ground work with her, round penning, joining up, etc. I feel that she trusts me exclusively, however, it's very easy for her to "panic" and act without thinking. I wish there was a school I could go to in order to learn the best way to work with her and help her heal. Instead it's all trial and error for her and I. But, if you think about it, she's really come along ways. I've had her for 4 1/2 months. In that time, she's had alot of time, love and patience :) I have never given her reason to fear me. I honestly believe she's never been ridden prior to being rescued. She's very young, likely between 4-6.

Today, Natalie and I decided to go to the Bridle Trails arena with Margie and Patience. This was very, very good for both horses, but also presented some unthought of problems. Patience and Margie are both VERY herd-bound to each other. They are not in the same pasture, but have adjoining paddocks. I believe that they either came to the feedlot together, or bonded while there. When I brought Margie home, she and Patience immediately recognized eachother. Today, both horses would get very nervous and/or panic if the other got too far away.

This caused issues with loading in the trailer, tying and riding. At the same time, it also helped on my end. I have had difficulty in getting Patience to get the idea to move forward, once I'm on her back. I can get her to go a few steps in the round pen, but then she stops and pivots on her front feet. Having Margie by her side gave her an amazing amount of confidence, even allowing us to lead a few times as we made laps around the arena.

Towards the end of the afternoon, when it was time to unmount and go home, Patience spooked when I took my foot from the stirrup and it tapped her lightly in the sides. She immediately launched forward, causing me to lurch back, frightening her more, causing her to buck and me to fall. This is the second time this has happened with her and I. When I am on the ground, I am able to tap her sides with the stirrip in the same manner as if I were in the saddle and she is ok with it. I'm not able to recreate the same fear on the ground. I don't know how to sack her out and get her over this fear. I also don't want this "bucking" to become a habit. So far, it's not something she decides to do. She just 'loses it' :(

Anyways, I caught her, hopped back on and we walked a short bit, then I got off again. This time, she was fine. Argh. So, it was a good day - I took her to a strange arena, where lots of other people were riding (another drill team was practicing there - probably about 20+ horses running around). She really was very good. I'm thinking I need to back up a few steps and figure out how to gain her trust in the saddle as well as the ground.

The good thing is that now that she's no longer part of Cowgirl Spirit, I don't have a time frame to get her ready to perform. We can go completely at her speed. If she's not ready to confidently be under saddle for a year, fine.. We'll take our time :)

I still love her to pieces!!! I am proud of her today :) Here's a couple pics :)

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Feel the Spirit, Keep on Riding!
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Postby rodeo51 on Sun Apr 30, 2006 10:03 pm

Now that patience is yours Juliane, and there is no hurry...i am sure she will do well. She is a smart girl
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Postby madkitten on Wed Jun 07, 2006 2:03 am

Hi do you mind me asking where are you??
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Postby rodeo51 on Wed Aug 02, 2006 6:20 am

How did Patience do at the clinic?
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Postby Juliane on Wed Aug 02, 2006 9:58 am

Patience did AWESOME at the clinic! I've been so busy (and sick yesterday! Ugh!) that I haven't gotten her write up completed, but it should be up today! Sorry for the delay :) I think Patience is on her way to being a riding pony!
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Postby singingnettle on Wed Aug 16, 2006 5:53 am

I don't know much about caring for horses, but I've been reading your updates on rescue horses because the idea of rescuing horses interests me. As someone who grew up in a big city, though, with very little exposure to large animals, I need to learn a lot before I could consider having a horse. I do hope that someday we'll have pasture space and will be able to keep a few rescue horses--perhaps horses who mostly need just a loving place to retire to, as my husband and I seem to be particularly good with abused, senior, or other "special needs" animals. In the meantime, I'm very glad there are people like you who are rescuing horses, helping them reach their potential, and finding homes for them. Best of luck to you and your horses!
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