Being around the horses reminds me of raising children, the days are long and the years are so fast. Or at least the months are. I can't believe we have had the horses here for eight months now. It seems like they just got here in some ways, and it seems we have always had horses in some ways. Each of the horses has their own issues, and each is moving forward at their own pace. I see progress in all of them. Some of it can seem very minor to me, because it is moving along pretty slowly, but it is still there.
Bella has been working on her halter training and being more respectful so I have been spending as much friendly time with her, moving her feet around by using the carrot stick and then playing with her in fun ways. Sophie decided that looked like fun a few days in, so she usually joins us.
Sophie sometimes gets nervous about all of the movement but she will come back if she gets spooked. Mia would move far, far away at first and then she stuck around a bit closer and watched. On Saturday she made a big leap for her. While I was waiting for Bella to finish drinking water, I was setting up the tubs and heard someone behind me and realized it was Mia. As soon as she looked at me, I retreated and she went to the tubs to play with them until Bella came over. For the past few days, she joins right in and plays alongside of Bella.
She even tells Bella what to do at times, which Bella is not used to.
It is really neat to watch them work together to solve the puzzles, and it is incredible to have Mia stay near me for so long, while there is lots of movement and interaction.
I have been taking steps with Sophie, moving towards haltering her also. She is people friendly as a whole, so lots of approach and retreat and friendly game with her right now.
And last but not least, Savannah is working so hard to not be bracy and dominant around humans. She is seeking me out more and more, like today when I was putting out hay. I sat and just hung out with her trying to be as soft and quiet as possible and she little by little moved closer and closer to me and went softer and softer the longer she stayed.
I am so proud of all of them!