I haven’t posted about my little feral mare, Venice for a while. There’s no exciting news really. But she continues to improve very slowly and steadily.
She’s been going out during the day with McCool and Monster. McCool is not really in love with any other horse. He suits his name remarkably well really… he’s a cool dude without much fear. He likes any horse he’s turned out with but is not particularly attached. But Monster… well… Monster LOVES Venice. Venice thinks he’s a big stupid BOY. Ick.
In the evening, I call the three of them in from the side paddock. McCool is smart as a whip, and he’s right there for his dinner in the blink of an eye. Venice right behind him. I lead him in (so he doesn’t do too much foraging enroute to his own dinner), and Venice rushes in behind him to get to her stall. She adores her safe house. Monster ambles in behind them. He’s smart, but sort of ADHD.
After Venice eats her little bit of Trimax, I generally give her some roughage chunks by hand. She’s very polite and careful. But enthusiastic. It’s not so long ago that no treat was worth the risk of going near a human. So while it looks like nothing, it’s pretty big progress.
We can, with a bit of patience, catch her out in the paddock now and snap a lead shank onto her halter. She’s not opposed to being caught, but has little startle moments so you have to give her time.
I’ve been able to handwalk her for a few short jaunts around the farm. She’s wary but well behaved and quiet. She never ever challenges me in any way. Soft as butter on the end of the lead.