Part of the herd?

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!

Part of the herd?

Postby Juliane on Sat Sep 09, 2006 10:54 pm

Ace is the leader of my small herd, which consists of Ace, Patience, B, Sydney and Emma. Ace is a kind and patient leader. He isn't aggressive and enjoys his herdmates. His leadership position seems very natural to him and all of the other horses.

Everyday, I am noticing huge advancements in Ace's desire to trust and love. It really seems as though something just 'clicked' inside of him and he's turned a corner.

Today, after spending quite a bit of time to set up the individual paddocks in my pasture, I decided to take a break. So, I sat down right there in the middle of the pasture and admired my handiwork :) Within a few moments, Ace had quietly approached and was standing there, towering over me.

His presence was quiet and calming. He wasn't assuming or pushy, he wasn't shy nor cautious. He was just standing there, less than a foot away from me, the breath from his muzzle rustling my hair. We sat that way, enjoying eachother's company for a half hour.

It was the very first time that Ace approached me, and decided to be in my presence of his own accord. My eyes filled with tears quite a few times. :P Sounds nuts, as most of the horses in my pasture are right there in your face the moment you step out there. But for Ace, this was a tremendous sign.

It was really cute - at one point, B started towards me as well and Ace shooed him away, then came back to stand with me. LOL!
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Postby Rachelle on Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:37 am

That is so good to hear! He's coming around. Sounds like he wanted 'his' time with you and wasn't willing to share! lol

I can just see it all happening, you did better than I would have, I would have been bawling. :) Those are the moments that make it all soooo worth while!
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Re: Part of the herd?

Postby Epona on Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:46 am

Those are the moments when you know you've made a connection. The moment when a horse chooses you over another horse. His being comfortable in the leader roll of the herd, and then coming to you, shows you that he sees you as his leader. You're boss mare, not by force, not by cruelty, but by his terms and he's trusting you with that roll. Personally one of my favorite moments, and I always cry when it happens, too! :)

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Postby kabri on Sun Sep 10, 2006 4:00 pm

That is fantastic Julianne! :lol: :D :lol: :D :lol: :o
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Postby myhorsefaith on Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:17 pm

That is awesome, Juliane!

Do you remember one of your first posts on Ace about how you weren't sure if you'd be able to help him?! Look at how far he's come!

Great job! :D

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Postby Juliane on Sun Sep 10, 2006 10:49 pm

Thanks everyone! I really was very worried in the beginning! I sincerely did not think I'd ever get through to Ace. He was so terrified of everything. I just love seeing his personality and curiousity come out more and more each day! I love him to pieces and feel very lucky to be him mom :)
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