Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Poor Griffin

Unfortunately Griffin's chest looks even puffier today with a larger swelling between his front legs. It's so large at this point, that it almost looks like his chest was supposed to be that way, and it's really not as jiggly. I suppose that means it might start draining soon. The vets have not called me back yet about it. Kachina is looking pretty good. She's definitely gained weight since we've had her, but unfortunately, now she looks a little flea-bitten. She so sensitive to the flies, and I think she has rather thin skin, so the itching that she does wears the hair off her hide. I've been doing mini-roundpenning with her daily, and she's getting pretty good at reading me, not over-reacting, and even on both sides. I can ask her to go out, come in and face me, and change directions. She'll also stand still as I walk around her, although she sometimes gets confused about this, and makes to move off when I just want her to stand still and chill out. I can also walk around toward her hip and she will pivot and continue facing me. I'd like her to relax a little more though, and make more of a move to sniff my hand when offered, but she is really standoffish. It takes many offers, and then she will sort of sniff in the general direction of my hand, but no closer than 6inches to a foot. She used to sniff me closer, and I'm not sure if it's worse now just because she feels better, or maybe it's because I "poled" her, or perhaps it's just because I'm working with her in general. It might help if I did the round penning for longer. I need to step up what I'm doing if I want to be able to touch her. I really really wish I had a rope on her right now, and next, I may try work her with a rope. I'm just worried about freaking her out more and losing that little bit of trust.


Pony Girl said...

Bummer about Griffin! Hopefully the vet will call you back soon.
Something I learned from the Clinton Anderson tour stop I saw was to really consider your body language, I think it's passive and....oh darn, forgot the other one! Anyway, when you want them to chill and you are approaching them without intent, you have to really relax, hunch your shoulders, lose assertiveness, and don't "sneak up" on them like a predator might.
If you are really trying to get them to move away from you or respect space, you stand tall and firm, look them in the eye, walk more assertively, and demonstrate this in your body language. I think Mustangs probably read our body language more than other horse breeds. Just a thought. Good luck!

Andrea said...

Her ears are all over the place! It's kinda funny, but not, because she's so nervous.

Poor Griffin. That must be uncomfortable.