Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Nina's little quirks

Nina acted very fearful around me when I first started working with her again.  Lots of skittering and snorting and wide eyed looks.  Then she calmed down and started acting normal.  But she is still either playing around testing or not really trusting. 
She was an ass the first time I cleaned her feet, the next day she started offering one at a time, just like she used to.
Putting eye drops in her eye that gets irritated was scary - for her, not me - the next day she yawned.
A couple of days ago I decided to shorten her winter mane with scissors and she was skittering around like I was threatening her with the scissors and jumping at every click.  Today I decided it had to be done and she stood on three legs and tried to go to sleep.  If she had a cud she would have chewed it.
I am trying to make a list in my head of everything that she resisted when I got her and had to learn to go along with.  I have a feeling we have to spend 5 minutes on each one.

Oh well, I guess it is something to do until I am riding again.


  1. Moody, moody girl. I'm glad she seemed to settle down the second day with the different procedures, though. :)

  2. Aww, poor Nina. That must be hard for both of you

  3. So weird. Perhaps it's just all the new spring sounds and smells??

  4. I think it's because I lost my temper with her and scared her. Just guessing but I would guess that other people have lost their temper with her and things did not go back to 'normal' afterwards. I think she is waiting for the shoe to drop, but I count on just trucking along and having her figure out that she just needs to go along too.


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