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Fighting the Fear (Part 2)
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Fighting the Fear (Part 2)

It's day two. As I open the shed door, the sliding of the door immediately sets off a medley of flinching, jumping, and panicking from the little pony hidden in the corner of her stable. Every movement I make is echoed by a jump, or tensing up. My dad is with me, and he is not the biggest fan of horses. He worries that my passion will get me hurt.

He stands at the end of the shed, as I am concerned that this pony may have a fear more directed at males than females. I need to clean out her stable, but even opening her stable door reignites her passion for throwing herself into the corners. She adopts a stone-like stiffness, protecting herself from predators. Heading down as far into the corner as possible, I see that only her bum is facing outwards. I quietly fumble about, trying to just take out the pooh from her area. Every movement again is matched with flinching.

I don’t look her in the eye, but I look her over, trying to figure out something of her story. She has a section with no fur on her back legs, forming in a perfect line. Has she had a rug on? Were these caused by leg straps? I make a note to get wormer as a priority, refill her water as gently and quietly as I can, and I walk away. My dad is worried. He has witnessed her fear, and her lightning fast reactions, and is concerned that I will be injured in the process of caring for her.

He frets and tells me to send her back, but that is not an option. I’m in this for the long haul now. There is no going back. I set aside some buckets, brushes, and feed for her, give her fresh hay, and make myself busy in the feed area whilst she stands statue-like in the corner of her stall. I canfeel her watching me, listening intently to my movements. I wonder quietly back over to her door and take a seat. My intention today is not to touch her, nor enter her personal space. I am simply here to introduce myself. “Hello honey. Nice to meet you. I hope you find yourself very happy here”.

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  1. Rene Wright
    Rene Wright
    Voted. Poor baby. It's so sad to see them in this state.
    1. Avermal
      thank you. how she looks now is the photo for part one of the series, what a difference! and soon i will have to unveil photos of her baby of course :-)
  2. jst4horses
    I now have read all four parts of this story. I too am sad to see a horse that comes in in a condition such as this. Sometimes it is really time to get an expert. I have developed mustangs, some of whom have been ferals, horses turned loose, and hating and fearing humans and lived in the wild for some time. The wild horses are easier to work with, they to not come with these fears and issues. A horse turning its rear to you is total disrespect, it puts that horse in the perfect place to kick you viciously. This is a small horse, so I would have put it in a small space, where I could reach it anywhere it was, and get a rope on it if there was an emergency. The next part takes years of learning and is about experience and horse saavy. With that experience and saavy, a horse such as this should not take more than three days to turn into a respectful calm horse.I can only say again, asking a horse to accept you, is not the same as telling a horse, you get to trust me.............that is what the alpha mares do........horses are afraid to be alone, and get more mentally fearful the longer they are not joined into a partnership, but as with people, have a hard time to make that move on their own. You many get this horse to be accepting, but it will remain disrespectful and fearful without proper training. This again, sounds mean, I do not mean it to sound that way. People get maimed and killed, even by minis ponies and foals............it is really, really, really important for the horses in our care to be well behaved and to trust us enough to give up their fears and anxieties.

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