I've got some updates for you!!
First off, meet Rubina. She's a 16-year-old Paso Fino mare. Her past is pretty vague but her owner told me that she is very sensitive and can be wary of people. She told me that she would probably be hard to catch, but I took my time and didn't have any issues with her. She's an absolute goof like Tessa. Her owner found it hilarious that Rubina wriggles her lips when I start scratching her; apparently that's not something she'd ever done before! She took to clicker training right away. She's very anxious and defensive, so, for now, I'm focusing on building trust and positive associations with people. By the end of our first session, she was following me around like a dog. When I worked with her yesterday (our 3rd session) she didn't even move when I approached her with the halter. After doing some massage on her, I think she has some issues requiring a chiropractor. She's very jumpy about her poll being touched and sensitive in the croup bone and hip joint. She is in very poor body condition, so if she's out of alignment that would explain a lot. If she can't bend at the poll and drop into her hindquarters, she can't properly use her core to lift her back. So she has zero topline and is very heavy in the forehand, much like Tessa was. I'm very excited to see the transformation!!
Rubina's kind of been "running wild" so her mane and tail are in dreads. Took me an hour to tame her mane and still haven't gotten her tail in better condition since she's very scared to have me touching that area. Anyway, I was ridiculously proud of this transformation
This is Chiquita, the foal I'm going to start working with. She was my favorite out of all of them (shhh, don't tell anyone). She's very shy, but she's already approached me several times. She's a dun paint like my Tessa girl. I just love Chiquita's markings: her dorsal stripe, blue eyes, and cute blaze. She's the youngest of the foals and was just weaned from her mom. I can't wait to work with her since she's a blank slate. I won't have to spend most of my training time undoing all of the bad things that happened in the past.
Investigating the camera (she even left her mom to come say hi). So sweet!
Closeup of those markings I love
And here are some pictures of some of the other horses, since I would hate to see them go to waste. The owner has mentioned several other horses she'd like me to work with in the future, so you may be seeing more of these faces again. These are all raw, no editing done here!
And I had another lovely ride on miss Jazzy here. She has lots of energy and is a super smooth Missouri Fox Trotter. I had lots of fun running her on the open field, a foreign concept for me since when I go for trail rides at home it's never flat enough to go faster than a trot.
Only a few short weeks until I see Tessa!!!!! I get lots of pictures and videos of her from my trainer and the gal who's leasing her.