Monday, August 17, 2020

A chestnut mare - what was I thinking?

Internet update: I've had internet since last Thursday evening. That is 4 days straight. Amazing!

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I've been meaning to post an update on Ivy for a while, but there wasn't much exciting news to report.  The first couple of weeks were a bit stressful, as the little herd shuffled the dynamics and they all had to adapt to the newcomer.  Fred quickly fell in love and the two of them are often quite close.

I was second-guessing myself on her a bit the first month - her heats were atrocious - messy and dramatic with lots of pinned ears and squealing.  Her heat was like that at her previous owners, as we went to see her the first time in the middle of her heat cycle.  

side eye level - expert

I had an acquaintance out to try her under saddle  during that first month to see what we were dealing with.    That didn't go well, as she hadn't yet had her teeth done and was clearly uncomfortable with a bit.  She was also reallllly attached to the herd and didn't want to be too far from the boys.  We decided not to push the mare and have a bad experience under saddle. We determined she was only green broke at best and left it at that. It then got blazing hot for weeks and I was not motivated to do much!  And sorry no photos - I do have a couple of the rider on board, but was too lazy to photoshop out her face!  LOL  (bad blogger!)  

In addition to the other small problems, she was also very difficult to catch in the field.  I could let her into her stall from the paddock no problem, but if you went out with a halter, she was like, "nope BYEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!"

Actual photo of me during the first month with Ivy...lol

After her teeth were done, I noticed her settling in a bit more.  On the advice of my friend, I started her on a herbal supplement for her heat, which I was very skeptical of at first.   By the time her next heat rolled around, it was waaaaayy less messy and she was much sweeter and approachable. I was all of a sudden able to catch her and had less problems handling her overall.  This made me heave a sigh of relief, as I really don't want to deal with a nasty, ill-behaved creature out in the field.  

I'm not sure how much of that is due to the supplement and how much is due to her settling in and relaxing a bit. We'll never know...lol  I'm keeping her on the supplement until the fall when she should stop coming into heat as the days get shorter. 

Heading out to the pasture...

This past week, my friend (who co-owns the mare) found a local trainer, who I'll refer to as the Cowboy from now on.  She knows people who have worked with this guy and had good things to say.  I had him out here on Sunday to assess Ivy AND Fred (yes, Fred had a rider on board again!).  He did a lot of work with her and though she would come along quickly with a few more rides.  She is basically green broke, but willing to try.    My friend and I decided to send her to his place for two weeks, instead of having him come here 1x a week or something. It just seemed to make more sense that he could accomplish more if he worked with her more often.  

And guess what? I was out with the horses and the trainer for almost 3 hours and did not take one. single. picture.  Gosh, this blogging thing would be easier with some media!  lol    I'll do a separate post with an update on Fred...spoiler alert: he is kind and calm, but stubborn AF!

10 comments:

  1. Glad to read your internet is working and that Ivy is settling in!

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    1. thanks - fingers crossed the internet holds! lol

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  2. I always figure that I feel like crap during my cycle and cant imagine someone making me do physical activity. These mares must feel similar.

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    1. Yeah, I wonder too - my vet says otherwise - unless there are cysts, there shouldn't be too much pain... Attitude yes, pain no. lol

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  3. Sorry that it’s been a rocky start to the relationship with Ivy. Everything you’re doing sounds great tho and esp happy to hear that the cowboy situation sounds so promising! Can’t wait to hear about Fred’s lesson too omg haha

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    1. thanks - I think I'm in a good spot with her. We'll see how the boot camp goes with the trainer! And Fred omg - what a guy...lol

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  4. Ugh, this is why I'm not a mare person. Generally. BUT once they settle in they really can be wonderful! I'm glad she's starting to settle in, and good call on the trainer!

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    1. me too - love my geldings! Fingers crossed the trainer helps!

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  5. i hear you on the heats. Curious as to what supplement you are using?

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    1. Ya, it's been interesting after owning geldings for ages! I'm using omega alpha pre mare right now (liquid) and it seems to help. I've also tried powdered chasteberry, but I didn't see as much of a change with that on its own, so it's back to the pre-mare.

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