When I groomed her last night, she was perfectly fine - it seems once she has a halter on a lot of the reflexive defensiveness goes away. She does tend to be a bit "snatchy" with her right hind; although she hasn't offered to kick, I'm extra careful with that foot. I think she's a basically sweet horse under the behaviors, but her life has been very hard and she doesn't connect much, if at all, with people - she puts up with us but that's all, although I think she may start to interact more. She is very verbal, though - lots of whinnies and nickers - and she does "address" me - she looks right at me and isn't "absent" and completely shut down like she was when my daughter got her. She's also a lot more "alive" than when my daughter got her - she moves more and is more alert and responsive, and feels better as a result of the farrier/chiropractic/dental work that has been done. I've also discovered that she's playful and likes to investigate things - she moved her empty plastic water tank around and even tipped it over, and was very interested in the stream of water and the bubbles as I filled her tank. I'm thinking of getting her a Jolly Ball to see what she'd do with it. It'll be interesting to see if her personality continues to unfold.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
More on Miranda
Miranda continues to do well. This morning when I got to the barn to feed, she was lying down in her stall, and allowed me to look at her without getting up immediately. My daughter also warned me that she loves to roll in her stall, and in fact, she usually rolls every morning after breakfast before I turn her out. It seems to me that she's more comfortable with me when I feed her - I'm able to bring hay into her stall and give her her grain with only minor ear-pinnings. When she pins, I just ask her to move away and she complies, and the ear pinning doesn't recur. I'm deliberately entering her stall to feed her grain even though there is a feed window, as it gives me another opportunity to interact with her. Outside, I follow the same practice when I give her hay - I ask her to stand back and not pin while I deliver her hay to the feeder. The only time I've gotten "the glare" - flat pinned ears and a stare that looks like she's considering biting - is when I got close to her while she was loose in the paddock. I said "absolutely not", loudly, and she backed off.