It has been a while since we updated you with news of Fleur but that doesn’t mean Fleur hasn’t been very busy learning that interacting with people doesn’t have to be scary. We have been focusing a lot on handling her feet as she has very advanced seedy toe which is virtually up to the coronet band in 3 of her feet. Treating this seedy toe has been a big challenge as Fleur has not only had to learn to pick up her feet but balance as well; all at the grand old age of 22! Despite weeks of slowly increasing the time that we ask Fleur to hold her foot up, balancing is something she still finds quite hard to do but her muscles are getting stronger and so is our progress 🙂 Fleur has certainly taught us the consequences of neglecting your horses feet! It is just not worth it!
Fleur’s greatest achievement since she has been with us is developing her trust in people. Fleur and Jo (her carer) have developed a really good bond and this has helped Fleur with her tendency to fly into panic mode when she gets out of her really tiny comfort zone. As she is now safer to handle we have been able to expand Fleur’s horizons as she is in a safe enough head space to take her down a tricky path, cross Cedar Creek over to new grazing areas without fear of her taking off and running blindly through a fence which she has had a tendency to do in the past.
The photos below are of Fleur on her big adventure this morning as she gained enough courage to cross the creek of her own free will and into the paddock on the other side.