The thing that made us fall in love with Beautiful Girl was her eyes. There is so much expression in them. I locked her out of her stall yesterday to clean it, and she was looking in over the door with those big eyes--wanting back in.
We're working this week on having her face up and allowing us to touch her. Yesterday was the first day with this lesson because we were in Bozeman during the weekend and just got back Monday night. She was confused, but really tried to figure it out and made small steps toward the goal.
She'd do the usual--present her hind to me as if ready to kick if she didn't like whatever I did. I would cluck at her and move to her side until she'd bring her head around to face me and make a small movement in toward me. Then, I'd take one step back and talk kindly to reassure her. We did this over and over with advance and retreat until I was about 2 feet from her on he side and she was turned toward me and relaxed. That was as good as I was going to get for Day 1 of this goal.
An update on her feed: she still will not eat apples, carrots or grain. She doesn't want anything to do with any food other than hay. She LOVES her hay and can eat and eat if I let her.
She loves to stand near me through the gate and doesn't like to be away for too long. You can tell she really wants to join up--and she has from a distance--the lip licking and relaxation all occur, but she is very insecure about being touched, and I'm starting to wonder if this isn't because of her age and maybe more importantly, her age at capture. She was so young, and still is, I imagine she was the low one in her group and had a hard time competing for food and other things. She is very gentle natured and I haven't seen any bullishness from her--ever.
She loves her stall and doesn't seem too interested in the other horses--she's more interested in people. Oh, and she knows very well who feeds her. Last week my husband stepped outside in the morning and I heard loud whinnying. I thought, surely that can't be the mustang--she hasn't been here long enough--but it certainly was. She's a SMART girl and I can't wait until she trusts us!