Saturday, May 24, 2008
The Way to the Heart Is Through the Stomach?
First of all, yes, I'm going out today to clean up the manure piles in BG's turnout. That's embarassing--but what a great shot of her! The good news is that she's starting to do her business outside of the stall--as you can see. This is great because it keeps her stall cleaner.
I just want to get in there and groom her! But not yet.
Today we had a trail ride with our horses and when we brought the trailer around to pick them up, Beautiful Girl looked genuinely frightened. Every time I walked by her stall she jumped back. Hmmm...did she think I was coming to get her to take her away?
When we got back from the ride, she seemed lonely and came up to me in the outside stall without food. Then, I went and got some alfalfa and went into her run and fed her from my hand until it was all gone. I can't deny it--Beautiful Girl likes me better when I bring food.
I really want the halter and lead rope off of her. And, I'm wondering when I should take the lead rope up and start restraining her so that I can get close enough to touch. I could have done it several times, but I always stop myself because I don't want to lose her trust. I'm going to go read other blogs and see what other people have done.
update: I went out and stood with her and picked up her lead rope. She did fine until she decided to walk away and found that it was caught on my hand. Then she went a little wild, but I let her go peacefully. She came back in and ate out of my hand for about ten minutes and looked just fine.
The picture is of her today when we got back with the other horses. She was at high alert watching the horses unload.