Wild mustang (White Sands) rescued as part of the ISPMB rescue mission.
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It has been a while sense the last update on Owen and I. He has grown so much and progressed in so many ways sense we have been working together. Owen come in and out of the barn of his own free will. He chooses a stall to go in and eat his grain. He chooses to leave the stall when he and his little herd have finished their grain. This is all on his own free will (and some coaxing when he chooses to stay). Owen can now be halter and lead by volunteers. He will even put his nose right into the halter for you. Owen is the greeter at this old horse and loves human interaction.
For the first half hour we moved together and I scratched him. We had a lot of distractions today. There was lessons going on in the arena, the neighbor kids where outside playing on the swing set and horses were coming in and out of the barn to be fed. So we worked on keeping his focus on us and try to get a halter on during all of this It took us a little bit, but he trusted me enough to place a halter on while all of these activities where going on. Once we got the halter on I moved away from him leaving my hand out and gave him time to relax. I leave my hand out to give him the opportunity to let me know when he is comfortable and ready for me to come back and pet him again. He is really coming around to our time together and he really enjoys being scratched on his neck. We kept the halter on for the last half hour..
Today for the first 15 minutes Owen and I moved around our work area together as 1 unit. When Owen took a step forward I took a step forward. When Owen leaned forward or back my body motion went with his. He started to Yawn during our movements, I take this as he is comfortable and he is starting to get a little board with our routine. I grabbed the halter off the gate that he has been acclimated with and while still moving with his every movement I tried to put this on him. We almost had it on within the first 20 minutes after he started to chew on the strap and put his nose in and out of the halter all on his own. He got a little startled when the longer piece accidentally hit the side of the shelter. I then pulled the halter off and gave him to relax. Once I felt that he was relaxed enough we tried again and the second time was a success. Once the halter was on we just hung out and I scratched him down his neck and his shoulders. I would periodically stop and I would stand there waiting for him to ask me for more by his nuzzle touching my hand. Every time he would touch my hand I would scratch him. I also would take few steps away from him and turn away to where he is in my peripherals and I would have my hand out for him to nudge when he would wanted me to pay attention to him. This was a huge success for us he usually doesn\\\'t let me put the halter on with out him eating his food then he doesn\\\'t care. Owen has an injured back leg so we will only be doing ground work. 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM