Our beautiful Fleur has come such a long way on her journey of learning to trust people. It has been a timely journey for Fleur, a journey that has not been able to be rushed. We have had her in our care for just over a year now and the transformation has been both amazing and rewarding. She has gone from a horse that would run the other way (unless you had a feed bucket) to now moving towards you when she sees a halter. The first time the wonderful Maja trimmed her feet, it was only achievable under anaesthetic and with the assistance of 3 other people because lifting a foot was so completely alien to her. Last week Maja trimmed all 4 feet and Fleur stood quietly; the great news is that her seedy toe and thrushy frogs which were terrible in 3 out of 4 of her feet has all cleared up.
Fleur ties up nicely now and is even walking onto a float. The other thing Fleur is starting to do is lie down and rest and what is more she allows you to sit with her whilst she is in this vulnerable position. None of these things may seem particularly amazing but for Fleur they are huge miles stones because somehow she had got to her early 20s without ever being taught them. Consequently any interaction that Fleur has had with people has always been a massive struggle as she behaved in a manner that was both unpredictable and very dangerous. None of the struggle would have been because she is bad, got attitude or just plain naughty it was simple because she was frightened and did not understand what was happening or what was expected of her.
So please, we implore you to spend the time doing the very basics with your horse, it really will pay you back in dividends, keep both yourself and your horse safe and help secure the future of your horse should you ever need to pass your horse on.