My biggest challenge by far with River has been her feet. •••••••••••••••
Her first farrier appointment that I was around for was with her previous owner before me. We sedated her as she all but refused to pick them up and they were in desperate need of doing. Unfortunately, our first attempt, even with sedation, was unsuccessful. So I started working on her feet being handled. Her hinds weren’t horrible, she would pick them up, but fuss and try to kick and refuse to relax and let them drop or be pulled back. Her fronts were another story. She had a huge aversion to having her fronts touched, handled or picked up. So that’s where I spent the most time. The first few weeks were getting her foot up in the air an basically holding on for dear life while she jumped away, yanked away and had a mini melt down.
We are now to the point where she will pick them all up mostly willingly, and can get through an entire trim with the help of a lip chain. Goal for next year? Quiet for an entire trim with no outside assistance.
I like to spend a good 50% of her grooming sessions just handling her feet. Picking them up and putting them down so much that she gets bored of me.
My aim is to have her pick up each foot right as I tap her fetlock, not pull them until I decide to put them down, and relax her hinds more.
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Schooling Future today 😊 she gained a lot of confidence by the end of the day! I can't say enough what a wonderful horse this is. She takes great care of kids in the lesson program and is a great teacher. If you don't do it right, she's not going to do it! #smartnotstubborn#maresarethebest
Horses can be fragile. If they are uncomfortable somewhere in their body it comes out as resistance going forward and jumping can be hard for them too. Poor fitting tack contributed to her being sore in her shoulders, as her body changed shape. Equine bodywork, longeing, and experimenting with bits and saddles has helped her tremendously. Future now goes in a happy mouth mullen and longeing before rides, and loving it. She had a blast getting to stretch her legs today!
She lost her nerve over fences after a bad experience at a show. Her mind was blown at a particular fence. It has taken several months of flatwork and slow introduction to small fences to bring her confidence up. Today was the cherry on top. I first led her over small jumps in-hand. By the end she was soaring happily over 2'9. ❤
My boy gives me life. We may be at odds sometimes, he may be an ass, he may be stubborn. But he is also loving, caring, willing, etc. I wouldnt trade him for the world. We have built a connection that will last a lifetime.
QOTD: How close are you and your horse?