Time to work on manners & respect!

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

Time to work on manners & respect!

Postby Juliane on Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:55 pm

Margie is a total diamond in the rough! She's really been through the wringer in the past 24 hours if you consider that she's been safe at home for the past 4 months, then pulled out of her pasture, hauled 6 hours away, put into a paddock with a horse she doesn't know, people she doesn't know, then is completely pestered with attention and requests. ;) She has handled herself amazingly well for the most part!

However, today I was able to learn that she is really uncomfortable with having certain parts of her body touched. But, instead of moving away from the discomfort, she will become aggressive if you don't pay attention to her body language. While brushing her down, I went to brush her stomach and hind legs. Her tail started switching, which I noted but ignored. A second later she squeeled, tossed her head and struck out with her hind leg. Wow! I worked on it with her some more, but didn't really press the issue.

Her feet were REALLY overdue and probably haven't been done in 6 months or more. They looked good as far as not being chipped, curled or cracked, but they were very, very long. So, my farrier came out today to trim her. She was pretty grumpy about having to hold up her front feet for our farrier, and when corrected, she would nip at her handler.

Our farrier, Dan, took Margie for a walk a couple of times to get her attention and respect. We will definitely be able to get through to her, but I believe she has gotten away with intimidating people for a long time. While I'm sure she will improve by leaps and bounds with her training, she may not be a horse that can go to just anyone. Her future owner needs to be strong, consistent and willing to give her fair yet firm boundaries.

Dan was only able to get her front feet done today as she would strike out whenever he tried to touch her hind legs. We worked with her for a while on just desensitizing her to the touch before putting her away. We plan to get her back feet done soon, but not until she is ok with being touched everywhere.




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Postby seahorse on Fri Apr 28, 2006 7:58 am

Juliane you were not kidding that she is a gorgeous mare. I remember her pics from the lot and she was not quite proportionate :wink:

She is beautiful and I cannot wait for her to find her forever home after you get her polished up on her manners!

Way to go Juliane!
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Postby tinkerslady on Sat Apr 29, 2006 9:20 am

WOW! Great Work!
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Postby Steph on Sat Apr 29, 2006 12:48 pm

She really is a gorgeous horse! I like her legs, very sturdy girl. I am glad to see that she will make improvement and wow what a great farrier you have, he seems like a perfect fit for the horses off the lot. Keep up the great work, and I am not too far away from ya so just holler at me and I can come help you with whatever you need! :D
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Postby cybercat on Sat Apr 29, 2006 7:19 pm

I'm so glad that you have a farrier that is willing to help train as well as work on new horses! Great job.
And Marge, you've earned the groceries that I've been helping to supply you with!
Hope there's a cookie or two for you somewhere!

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