Archive for April, 2006

Sue has become an emotional wreck. She has emotional scars. We surely wonder what happened to Sue!

Day 1: I came to get Sue.We did well. We walked down from the arena barn to visit and feed Velvet her supplement. I gently reminded Sue to stay behind me. No problem.

In the barn, I told Sue to stand on the rubber mat-don’t come over on the bare cement where Velvet’s food was. fine

We chatted with Velvet and then went to the trailer.

It was a scary trailer for a moment, but it only took about 2 minutes and she scrambled in.

I’m used to throwing the rope over their back as they get in, but I didn’t get that done. She was pointing straight ahead in the trailer and I had the 12′ rope in my hand standing back on the ground at the door. I gave a gentle toss of the rope to loop it over her back.



One of our first tasks will be working with throwing that rope over her body and head!Maybe she won’t explode in the trailer again.
_________________________________________________ Late in the evening. Sue has moved into the corral attached to the open side of the barn. JR and Isabel have gotten acquainted outside the corral panels. JR fell in love with Sue immediately. He tries to keep Isabel from Sue. He screams at Isabel and whirls when she gets too close. He’s serious.

11:30PM-I took my kick-back chair out to the barn. I’m just going to sit in the corral with Sue. She snorts at my strange shape…with the chair. I find the perfect spot, unfold my chair and sit down. I have all three horses’ rapt attention.
JR sticks his head over the panel. He looks like a giraffe looking down at me. Isabel is held about 6′ away. Sue walks around and squirts. OH! That explains why JR took an immediate interest in her. Sue goes over and sniffs noses with Isabel…and squirts. JR remains right beside me on the other side of the corral panel. I tell him how wonderful he is.

Sue, the hard-to-catch horse comes to within a foot of me. I don’t move. She leaves.
About 15 minutes later, she comes over to sniff me again. Her nose hair MIGHT have touched my coat. She may or may not have caught me.


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