An update on my untouched/feral Irish horse... Awesome Autumn!

Vickijay

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Hello.

I did a post a few weeks ago about purchasing a very feral, well completely untouched, ISH horse from Ireland. Who I really didn't plan to have, but she was going to be pts and I had seen a picture of her, so she existed and so she had to come and live here! I thought I would do a little post about her and her progress as someone had asked. It will be picture heavy (I love a photo!)

When I last posted about her I had halter broken her (she was ran loose in and out of the truck here!), taught her that humans could touch her, taught her about leading, lunging, wearing stuff and then how have a person sit on and walk around on her. She was remarkably good about the whole thing!

Since the last post we did some work on the lunge line, no pictures of that I'm afraid as I wanted the person holding me to be paying attention to me on the baby horse! We built up to some loose trotting in the arena



Some hacking around the farm



We played with the dog agility course as she thought that was some sort of feral horse death zone



And then injury (to me) halted play and Autumn spent 3 weeks in the field! I re halter broke her, caught her in, lunged her for 5 mins and then hopped on for her 6th go at human carrying!



She had her first jump and was a pro!



She was the same about her first clip



She had her first little jump



And her schooling came on sweetly




We have been out hacking





Have splished around in the ford



We have still been doing some short schooling sessions




And this morning she learnt about dressage saddles, gold stirrups and dead sheep head bands!




I couldn't be happier with her. How far she has come in just a few weeks, from the untouched pony whose future was going to be taken away, too the dead sheep, patent wearing doll that lives here now <wub>

She is the most feral horse that I have ever owned or started and she really has reminded me how amazing these animals are. I think when we hang around with them each day and they are such big parts of our lives, its easy to forget just how special and trusting they are.

Thanks for reading x
 

Teasel

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Love reading your reports, Autumn is looking amazing. I have a youngster and hope I do as well with her - I doubt it though...you clearly have a very good way with youngsters as they all end up looking super! :)
 

Nudibranch

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What a worthwhile project, she looks fantastic. You can really see her development between the first and last pictures as well.

Can I send you my big muppet of a gelding to get going then? ;)
 

staffylover

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Aahh...what a lovely post, and beautiful pictures. Lucky, lucky horse to have found such a wonderful owner. What a lovely story, in contrast to the problems that seem the norm on here (understandably, that's why the forum is such a great help when needing it). I wish you loads of fun and happiness with your beautiful girl - you both deserve it. Please do keep posting photos!
 

Hetsmum

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What a worthwhile project, she looks fantastic. You can really see her development between the first and last pictures as well.

Can I send you my big muppet of a gelding to get going then? ;)
OOOOO me next please in the queque to send a muppet gelding to you! Seriously I love the way you deal with your horses and they always look so happy and relaxed. Such a lovely post x
 

Vickijay

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Thank you all so much for your kind words about my ponies, they made me feel all happy. I guess I have had lots of babies to play with so had a fair bit of practice by now. Its still really nice to think that people think I do a good job with them x

Wow. She is looking fantastic. Well done. Love that green/black stripe numnah suits her perfectly
I borrowed that one from my friend and was surprised how much I liked it!!

What a worthwhile project, she looks fantastic. You can really see her development between the first and last pictures as well.

Can I send you my big muppet of a gelding to get going then? ;)
Lol, as long as he has no idea about humans! I think I have ridden so many babies, especially recently, that I doubt Id be much use on an experienced one!!!

I like your horse and your hacking.
We are really lucky with our riding. The farm is 200 and something acres, we have a big forest about a 30 min hack away and I have a permit to ride in Windsor great park too. We are spoilt!

Aahh...what a lovely post, and beautiful pictures. Lucky, lucky horse to have found such a wonderful owner. What a lovely story, in contrast to the problems that seem the norm on here (understandably, that's why the forum is such a great help when needing it). I wish you loads of fun and happiness with your beautiful girl - you both deserve it. Please do keep posting photos!
Thank you, that's especially kind. I love a photo so that shouldn't be a problem!!

OOOOO me next please in the queque to send a muppet gelding to you! Seriously I love the way you deal with your horses and they always look so happy and relaxed. Such a lovely post x
Again, as long as he's very new I'll be fine!!!
 
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