Sunday, September 14, 2014

When chemistry fails...

This morning I have tried to collect blood from our fillies.
 
It was OK for Mahru. She was standing patiently while I was (being unused to it, as I do that no often than once a year...) locating her vein and collecting these few drops. Afterwards she just kissed me gently with her warm snorkel...
 
For our wild and stubborn Obe, I have had a sedation prepared. I gave it her with her morning oats and repeted in pure form more than once (using exactly the same method I have practiced already twice with deworming potion: just siting and waiting until the foal will start to suck the syringe - which they inevitable did...). She was drunk as a sailor a first evening after a long cruise!
 
 
And equally fierce!
 
I couldn't even to try to collect her hair instead (which was a "plan B").
 
Normally she isn't so desperate. She doesn't allow to touch her head or to catch her - but we can stroke or scratch her neck and collecting the hair seemed quite an easy option to go...
 
 
Well, it looks like I was right describing this case in this month "Gallop" monthly magazin: she is so wild because of genetic reasons. I know her from the very first minute of her life. She has had NO trauma. She lives in a friendly and gentle environment and nobody has hurt her - never. She seems to know that we are her friends. But her instincts are stronger than her reason.
 
Giving her a sedation we have switched off her reason - as a result she was WILDER than normally!
 
This is very, very bad sign. It is diffcult but imaginable to overcome bad experience a horse could have with people. But how to overcome the instincts..? Even if she will be trained eventually - I'm afraid that in the moments of stress she would come back to her natural behavior...
 
Well - what to do..? This time she won. After an hour and half of running I was wet enough and late enough to give up. This evening, upon my return home, I will take her with her mother to the round-pen. Will see: maybe this would work better..? If not, I have no idea how to transport her to Czech Republic then...


Friday, September 5, 2014

Obe: a stubborn pupil...

While the time is going on, I have had but to begin the basic lessons with our youngsters. How to stand being held on a rope? How to enter the trailer? And other things necessary for a young horse to live in this strange world...
 
It is going quite well with Mahru. However, with our wild and stubborn Obe - I still didn't... caught  her!
 
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She runs very elegantly you may see. However, I have no the slightest idea how to teach her..? I just hope to overcome her wildnest, being calm and patient...