Who's the man??

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!

Who's the man??

Postby Juliane on Mon Jan 29, 2007 2:20 pm

I am so happy to have Ace home! I didn't realize just how much I missed him while he and Patience were on a mini vacation in Chelsea's large pasture. I went to pick him and Patience up yesterday, though was again faced with Ace refusing to be caught.

His demeanor was a mixture of fear and disinterest in being caught. He was jumpy and spooky and simply distant. Argh! I ended up 'trapping' him by setting a bucket of grain into one of Chelsea's stalls in the pasture and leaving. Once Ace went in for the grain, I followed him ;) I'm so bad!

I was able to easily halter him once he knew he couldn't get away from me, but man, talk about a confidence blow. I wonder what I can do to work on our relationship??

In any case, he's settled in at home, though I'm sure he's missing Chelsea's grassy pasture. My paddock has dried up a bit, and I have a large load of hogs fuel that needs to be spread out, but it's still fairly muddy. :(

Today, I noticed him laying down in the paddock, with 3 of the mares surrounding him. LOL It was too cute. You can definitely tell who's the favored one, eh?

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Postby cat_67 on Mon Jan 29, 2007 2:50 pm

LOL Ace and his harem.

I wouldn't take the hard to catch stuff personally. You know, I can't catch Connor in any area larger than our smaller indoor arena, and Connor looooves people once he's caught. I think they've just had years of freedom and are always going to have that streak of reluctance to be caught when they are running free.
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Postby Hope on Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:10 pm

Wow, he's quite the man.. Look at those mare, bowing down to him. Too cute.
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Re: Who's the man??

Postby RockinCircleC on Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:56 pm

Juliane wrote:Image

How adorable! What a little herd!

Juliane, I found a pic that shows Ariel's facial marks:
Looks an awful lot like your girl, eh?
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Catch me Game

Postby rdafler on Mon Jan 29, 2007 8:50 pm

If you like and are interested I will let you use my level 1 Parelli series if you like. Starts out with the 7 games and they are great, for any horse. They are great for confidence builders for the horse and for me it really helps to understand a horse better. Let me know....Becky :lol:
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Postby ptownevt on Tue Jan 30, 2007 8:35 am

I have a gelding that I adopted from a rescue about 6 years ago. I don't know if I will ever be able to just walk up to him and catch him. He loves me and I've never, ever given him a reason to be afraid, but he is. Who knows what happened to carry over so long, but it has. He's not really all that hard to catch; we have a little routine where he runs around the paddock a couple of times then into the run in where he waits for me. Then I can walk up to him. He is easier to catch when he is wearing a halter. It seems as though he feels "caught" with a halter on. (I use a safety halter with a breakaway crownpiece.) No halter and he might run for a while before going into the barn to wait for me. I've been told by more than one parelli person to play the catching game with him. Go sit in the pasture and pretend to be interested in something. I swear to God, I could sit there for days and he wouldn't come near me. He might very well watch me, but he isn't going to bite. The other 3 sure, they'll all be over sooner or later, but not my Stormy.

I know that in different circumstances he would have gone to slaughter because of his aloof, but very high strung personality and his downright nasty disposition in a herd situation. I will always be grateful that he ended up with a rescue instead of an auction. I try not to take it personally if he never lets me walk up to him or if he never learns to like being petted. I can tell by the way he looks at me and interacts with me through body language that he loves me and I love him.
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Postby busted on Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:25 am

I am in the same boat with Cabo. We play the come catch me game all the time!!! It wasnt so bad when he was in a small area but now he is in a 5 acre pasture. There are two hills that go down towards eachother with a little stream in between them. So he takes me down one, through the stream, up the other and then back down and up the first one. Grain doesnt work. He looks at you and walks away like "haha you think thats gonna work! try again sucker!!" Paying attention to another horse doesnt work either. So I calmly walk after him asking him to stop and when he does let me catch him him gets loves and treats. Maybe one day he will let me catch him with no problem. :roll: He also doesnt care to much for loves. He will tollerate them but could care less about them. He is a typical guy. Feed him and he is happy!!! :wink:
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Postby Juliane on Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:25 am

Hey Becky!

I'd love to try some of the Parelli games with him. I haven't ever done any Parelli stuff, so it's all new to me. But anything that will help Ace and I - I'm willing to try! :) Thanks for the offer!

Pam - I try not to take it personally, though it sure is hard. I know Ace loves me, but I sure wish he wouldn't remain so closed up to me :(

I was very happy last night when I went to feed. After feeding everyone, I gave everyone hugs and kisses. Ace let me walk right up to him and even leaned his head into me as he received my kisses. That's the Ace I remember :)

Silly guy!
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