Margie's 1st Day

12 year old BLM mustang, rescued off the Yakima Feedlot in December 2005. Entered training on 4/26/06

Margie's 1st Day

Postby Juliane on Thu Apr 27, 2006 11:33 am

I got home from picking up Margie & Skittles in Eastern Washington very late last night. After unloading Margie, I took her into the paddock and barn area to get her acquainted with her new temporary home. The funny thing is that she and Patience recognized each other immediately with soft nickering as they greeted each other over the fence. I was wondering if they would, seeing as how they were both on the lot at the same time in mid-December.

This morning, I pulled Margie out to get a quick feel of her training and personality. When I went to pick her up yesterday, she was very standoffish and did not want to be caught. It took about 20 minutes of quiet approach and retreat to be able to halter her. And even then, she was shy and asking not to be touched. She seemed much different this morning - eager to see me, eager to be caught, and very respectful as I led her across the yard.

My first thoughts of her are that she may have been handled rough, as she's wary of my movements, she doesn't "flinch" as some abused horses do. Instead, she simply seems resigned. Almost as though no one has ever spent time loving on her. While some horses react fine to such a 'business-like' training method, others desire that close connection with their handler. Before asking Margie to work, I'm simply going to spend some time brushing her, petting her, being with her and just letting her know that she safe and loved :) Time for some reassurance.

Then we can talk about work. ;)

Here are a few pictures of her from this morning. I have not brushed her yet - she is just in very good condition from being well cared for at her foster home.




And here is a picture of her brand:

Feel the Spirit, Keep on Riding!
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Postby shellyr on Thu Apr 27, 2006 5:18 pm

Patience probably told her over the fence last night that she is in a real good place. :)
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