Meet Pearl, New Horse

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Absolutely agree with Baymule on that. Some mustangs are great and some aren't. Either way, you want to get a horse and RIDE! When you adopt a mustang, (which is what is sounds like you want to do) most are only 12-18 months old, still too young to break, let alone ride. Get an older horse between 10 and 16. You will have more fun, and get all the experience and enjoyment of riding and caring for a horse. If you get a young horse that is not even started, it can be a couple of years before you can ride, and several thousand dollars into training him. Then the horse is still green and has to be introduced to traffic, trails, water crossing, curbs, trained to trailer, etc. All this is doable but very expensive and can take years. Buy a sound, trained horse about 12 to 14 years old and have another 14 years fun riding him!

Pearl looks nice. I wonder if the pawing is a TWH things. Our Jubi (now gone at 30) used to paw when she was in the trailer, in her stall waiting to be fed, tied and wanting to go, etc. Her daughter does the same pawing behavior. I hope she continues on as well as she looks to be doing. Exciting!
 

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Bay we need more pics!
I'm going to take pics on Tuesday, she will be here for 2 weeks. Already her back bone doesn't stick up quite as much, her flanks aren't so drawn in and she is looking better.

This evening when I fed Pearl, she really tried to get to her feed. I put up "talk to the hand" and she whammed her head on the ceiling again. She danced around, wanting to EAT and I put up my hand. When she finally stood for a brief moment, I gently pushed her chest, telling her Back, Back. She backed a few steps and for a mere moment, she stood still. I stepped aside and let her have her feed. I scratched her neck and shoulder.

I am teaching her to wait while I feed her. By making her back up, I am teaching her that I am in control. Even though it is for brief moments now, as she learns, the time will lengthen until she is calm and knows that she will get fed.
 

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Brief moments are all it takes. Always better to stop while winning! Love it that she is punishing herself by ramming her head while she can see that you are not touching her. The magic hand raises and !!! POWEY! I love how you pretended to eat the food. I did that with all my dogs when they were young, so that they would never learn to growl at the children or at me if I had to snatch their food away. I believe in being in control since so many of our wonderful dogs and animals are more powerful than we are. Our brains are all that keep us at the top of the food chain! LOL

I am an Alpha Bitch!
 

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I am an Alpha Bitch!

:lol::lol::lol:

Yesterday a man from the electric company came by to look at where we want a security light. I impressed on him to CALL and make an APPOINTMENT before trying to come on the property. I pointed at Trip, "See that big white dog? Don't think for one minute that because he is on THAT side of the fence that he won't be on THIS side of the fence if you are trespassing on HIS property. He jumps fences."

Trip was laying in the corner, up front, closest to where the man parked his truck. We had to go into pasture #1 to measure, and the man asked if it was ok. I told him yes, because I was with him. Trip came to investigate and I pointed my finger at him and calmly said No. That's all it took. Trip stood down, but it was obvious that he really wanted to get closer. ;)

Yes mam' I also am the Alpha Bitch!! :lol::lol::lol::lol:
 

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I'm going to take pics on Tuesday, she will be here for 2 weeks. Already her back bone doesn't stick up quite as much, her flanks aren't so drawn in and she is looking better.

This evening when I fed Pearl, she really tried to get to her feed. I put up "talk to the hand" and she whammed her head on the ceiling again. She danced around, wanting to EAT and I put up my hand. When she finally stood for a brief moment, I gently pushed her chest, telling her Back, Back. She backed a few steps and for a mere moment, she stood still. I stepped aside and let her have her feed. I scratched her neck and shoulder.

I am teaching her to wait while I feed her. By making her back up, I am teaching her that I am in control. Even though it is for brief moments now, as she learns, the time will lengthen until she is calm and knows that she will get fed.
You should try clicker trainning
 

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