Dolly is my “super prey animal.” She is on constant alert for signs of trouble and ready to flee, rear, run, escape whatever…trust is going to be the big issue.
I bought her as a four month old and was told she had never been handled. “you can have her cheap if you can get her in the trailer.” That is another story in itself but anyway, 3 hours later I drove her home to Avalon and unloaded her into the round pen. It took a month to halter her. She had a nasty bump on her nose (told it happened the day before when I guy came to look at her and scared her) and she had no trust at all for humans. Until starting Parelli work I had managed to calm her down enough for regular ferrier trims but that’s about it.
Today I went in her paddock and spent about 30 minutes rubbing her all over with my hands, the halter and the carrot stick. By the time I quit she was standing with her head down while I swung the carrot string on her back, neck, butt and belly. I can halter her if i “catch her.” but i don’t want to do that now. I want her to come to me & lower her head. I think today went really good. I gave her some treats and noticed her watching me for quite awhile after I quit. I think she was pondering what just happened.