We are making some major strides!

This striking 12 year old paint gelding was a bucking stock stallion for all of his life until a couple of days ago. He is now on the road to recovery and trust as he learns that not all humans are bad!

We are making some major strides!

Postby Juliane on Tue Jun 27, 2006 11:46 pm

On Sunday I moved to my new (temporary) home. When it came time to load the horses, I felt it would be best to load Ace first. We have been working alot on leading, catching, etc. However, he could tell something was going on when I went out to catch him on Sunday. He wouldn't let me get near him - he was pretty scared! I ended up having to take about 20-30 minutes to relax and calm my own thoughts and body language (I was way stressed - so much to do, not enough time!) and sit in the round pen with some grain and let Ace come to me.

Once I had his lead rope on, we headed for the trailer. He was a champ as we walked the 300+ feet from his round pen to the trailer. When we arrived, he snorted and stiffened, but obligingly led forwards when requested. It only took a slight request for him to step up and walk into the trailer with me.

My heart was beating a million miles a minute. I had no idea how he'd react to being in such a small area with me, especially knowing he was already on edge. However, he was calm and quiet and allowed me to tie him up.

When we got to our new home, I was able to unload him just as easily and stand there as we both reviewed our new surroundings. He was never worried, scared or upset. He simply stood there, watching.

I was SO impressed with him. I kept telling myself "we can do this!", but I have to admit, I didn't really think we could :P I'm so glad he proved me wrong!

Also, last night, as I was giving everyone their goodnight loves, I noticed that Ace's halter had come loose at the bottom. I don't feel he is ready to not have his halter on, as I'm sure I would NOT be able to approach him and put a new one on without having the ability to make him stay. His old halter was perched precariously to one side and I could see that it would be off by morning.

Which meant, I had to spend whatever time I had right then to get a lead rope on him and put a new halter on. He didn't want to be caught, but it was the first time I made him let me catch him. I wouldn't let him run away, though still was only able to attach the lead rope by tricking him with his grain pan. *sigh*

In any case, with the lead rope on, I was easily, without any fuss, able to put his new halter on and remove the old one :)

This boy is improving in leaps and bounds every day!!!
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