After Libby's spending last night in the pen alone with Blue, we decided to introduce her to the two horses that are boarded here, this morning. Sassy did just fine with her. Tude's behaviour, however, was terrible.
He chased Libby around and around the pen, trying his best to bite her as they ran. When we were finally able to get him near the gate, we got him away from her. So the three big horses grazed in the pasture, and Libby was in the pen alone most of the day. They'll all come to an agreement eventually, but I'm going to take it slow.
I've found out some of Libby's adolescent quirks now: She is easily caught, but very touchy about certain areas of her body. I could brush or pet her head, her chest and neck, and her shoulders just fine; but her attitude is very hands-off about her legs, belly, and butt. If you touch an area she doesn't want touched, she'll squeal and threaten to kick. Don't worry, folks, this old lady isn't going to push her luck.
I have all the time in the world, so I simply intend to daily groom the areas she doesn't mind having touched; hopefully over weeks and months, I can work down and back to other areas.
Long-time readers of this blog are already aware that I know when to cut my losses.
I put her in the box stall for a couple hours and let her munch alfalfa hay, and gave her a little grain. I was cautious about approaching her in the stall, but there wasn't any problem with that.
Right now, I've put Sassy and Blue in the pen with Libby, leaving Tude outside to watch over the fence. Later I'll take Libby to the box stall for another hay-eating session, turn the three big guys out for the night, and tell all of the critters good night.
As I said before, I am not a horse trainer; and if this doesn't work out, I don't think it will be a problem to find a home for this very bright filly. I'll do all I can not to ruin her for somebody else.
Comments to be answered: from: hestiahomeschool
"Oh, she is a little beauty, and has such a sweet smart expression. Does she foxtrot?" Yes, Arick was making her go in a circle yesterday, and she does foxtrot.
"She is beautiful...you are going to have so much fun. Just one thing to remember though... If you've always had geldings, mares can be a bit of a challenge on some days. With geldings you don't have any hormones to deal with, even with studs you have a pretty even keel.. But mares cycle and some of them (not all thank goodness<g>) can be a -little-cranky during certain parts of their cycles! But, if you realize what is going on it isn't usually much different." Yep, my first horse was a mare, and Sassy, the one boarded here also. Believe me, I know about their silliness. I truly prefer geldings for that reason. Keep an eye on me, lady, and tell me if I am doing the wrong thing!
Has she had any training yet? She must lead and load, you got her home. Has she had any ground work other than that? We had Brook on Belle at that age. " She leads great, and doesn't walk or run away when you go out to get her. She was cautious about stepping into the trailor, but really didn't fight it once her former owner stepped up inside and encouraged her. Since she's so touchy about her back, I won't be putting anybody on her very soon. My grandson Arick will probably be the first to get on her, but that's six months away. I may try working her with a lunge line later, but right now I'm just getting her used to her new home and her new owners.
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