Mi Amigo's Big Day!

15 year old 14hh sorrel Peruvian Paso gelding by Regalo de Dios, foaled June 1991. Amigo was gelded when he was 3 and was always easy to handle up until the last few years, where he has not been handled at all. SAFE is assisting his owners in finding him a new home.

Mi Amigo's Big Day!

Postby Juliane on Sun Oct 08, 2006 9:49 pm

Peri and I drove up to Arlington today to pick up Mi Amigo. On the drive up, Peri told me more about Mi Amigo and what she knew of him from her previous experience with him. According to her, he was a sensible guy, though when spooked, tended to bolt and rip the lead rope out of the handler's hands. It was suggested that we bring a rope halter as the halter he had on was a wide web halter. I picked out one of my smaller diameter rope halters to use on him.

When we arrived, Mi Amigo's owners had him waiting for us, tied up to a post. I was pleasantly surprised to see him standing quietly and patiently. He seemed a bit nervous, but not anything unexpected! Before I approached him, my first initial feeling from him was that he was feeling crowded. As his owners stood around him, and Peri and I took in the situation, the thing that was calling out the most to me was "give him space!".

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Since it sounded like he wasn't solidly halter broke or good at leading, I decided to bring the trailer as close to him as I could to minimize the distance I would need to lead him. Once I'd moved the trailer, I introduced myself to Mi Amigo. He was antsy and nervous, but took a moment to sniff me. He really didn't want me touching him, so I gave him as much space as I could.

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My next step was to put a rope halter on him, though with his history, I didn't feel comfortable removing the other one until the new one was on securely. So, I slipped it on under the old halter. Mi Amigo was nervous, but tolerated my actions :)

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I attached a lunge rope to the new halter and practiced some leading exercises while he was still tied up, just to see how good he gave to pressure. He seemed pretty responsive, so I went ahead and disconnected the lead rope that had him tied up.

We headed towards the trailer that was about 25 feet away. He was great, though certainly had no respect for my personal bubble. We had to circle around once as he had completely walked into me!

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I led Mi Amigo to the trailer, which was quite a reason for worry for the poor guy! Though, which lots of quiet reassurance, he found enough courage to approach and sniff the inside! I got into the trailer and asked him to follow. He tried his hardest and after about 10 minutes, clambored in after me! I was very pleased with him! What a good boy!

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Once in the trailer, I disconnected the lunge rope and let him ride free. Even though he seemed like he knew how to stand tied, Peri & I figured it might be best if he had his freedom. He stood quietly, but as we started to pull out, he frantically started calling out to his family who stood watching and wondering what was going on. It was a bittersweet moment.

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Once we arrived to my house, I went inside the trailer and hooked up the lunge rope. He was quiet and willing for me as I approached and took hold of his halter. Once I had the rope connected, I asked Peri to open the door. We stood there for a few seconds, taking in the new scenery. I could almost feel the excitement and trembling going on inside Mi Amigo! This is probably the most exciting day he's had in a long time! He was very happy to see other horses!

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After a few moments, I asked him to unload, which he did. He was quiet and calm. He never spooked or bolted, much to my relief! We slowly made our way across the yard to my 'Pony Tent City'. :P

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I put Mi Amigo in the round pen first as I wasn't sure which paddock I wanted to put him in. Once I released him in the round pen, I let all of the other horses out to romp around a bit since they'd been locked up all day. Caleb was the first to walk over to Mi Amigo - it was cute to see them interacting!

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When I went to catch Mi Amigo, he wanted nothing to do with me. So, we had a short round pen session. I don't know if he's ever been round penned before, but he caught on pretty quickly. I was able to approach him and catch him after about 20 minutes. I believe he will be easy to train, as he's very quick to learn! However, he does have some confidence issues. He's also a very beautiful mover - I've not worked with a gaited horse before so am really looking forward to the day I get to ride Mi Amigo!!! :) I can't wait to see how far he progresses!

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Special Thanks to Peri for being my personal photographer today!
Feel the Spirit, Keep on Riding!
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Postby cat_67 on Sun Oct 08, 2006 11:19 pm

This picture is absolutely priceless. He's like "you want me to WHAT?"

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He sounds like he did just fine. Glad you are able to help him finally get trained!
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Mi Amigo

Postby Elaine on Mon Oct 09, 2006 5:33 pm

I was so glad to see how Mi Amigo reacted to his new sorroundings. I'm looking forward to seeing his progress. The rest of the gang called for him every time I went out the door last evening and this morning, but have settled down this evening.
The two times in his life that he wasn't feeling well, he wanted me to be with him. He wants human attention, but I haven't spent the time with him that he deserves and Regala spent a lot of time nipping him and the others when they came up for attention. She doesn't do it anymore, but she taught them well, with my not being able to spend time with them.
Regala is the chesnut mare, and two months older than Mi Amigo.
Please feel free to ask me any question you may have. I'll gladly answer anything I can.
Thank you so much.
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Postby Juliane on Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:35 pm

Hi Elaine! Mi Amigo has settled in nicely, but did tend to call out alot anytime I took another horse from the paddocks where he is stabled. I can see what you mean by looking for that human connection to be reassured. I spent about 20 minutes with him tonight after feeding dinner, just trying to gain some trust. I have a feeling he will come around very quickly! :) Thanks for following his progress!
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Postby schwung on Tue Oct 10, 2006 9:04 am

Thank you again Juliane for taking on this boy. I can't wait to read how he progresses!

He also looks much better in the recent photos compared to the ones I took in June. Definately filled out and looking better!
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