Bev has been in touch – thank you for all the posts on her horse biting problem.
I thought I’d make a page for Bev’s reply, because of this line she wrote:
“I didn’t cherish this dream for all these years to say ow that hurt and quit”
God bless you Bev!
Here’s Bev’s reply in full:
“THANKS for everyones advice…but let me explain further. I KNOW why Shasta nipped me and at that time there was NO way to do anything but tuck and roll I was literally flying through the air…but Shasta isn’t the problem. Her and I are fine. She let’s me groom, look all under her belly, fine. Moka? Different story. I went back out in the pasture, no food, actually there to take pictures and was standing by Shasta and I saw Moka headed straight for me, ears flat on head, mouth open. I turned to her, took a step forward, spread out my arms and said EH,(I watch alot of the dog whisperer )and she stopped. When she stopped I kept moving forward until I made her leave the immediate area. Actually in the skeem of things Shasta is alfa. I’ve noted quite carefully everything y’all have said and will try all to see what works for us. But it’s winter here and exercising and lung is not happening right now. I do go out daily and talk…tried singing but BOTH let me know I shouldn’t give up my day job.
Moka did not bite me because I hurt pinched or anything…she bit, because those of you who have said she doesn’t respect me, is right.
Humor I got. Sharp elbows too, I’m skinny. But get rid of her? Prove her right that people are not to be trusted? Not happening. I love her and she is going to respect me for being alpha. I just gotta get my act together and do what’s in all of ours best interest.
Again I thank you all dearly and sincerely. Let me get to the spring where I can work her and establish groundwork and I will keep you posted.
One more thing…Moka’s ear are ALWAYS back except when she’s talking asking for treats, food of some sort or just napping. She’s not in pain, she is unhappy and I would be too if I spent the last 10 years or so in a small pasture never being attended to, talked to or ANYTHING for that time, with just a gelding as company and watching him get shot while I was standing there. She was BADLY neglected, not physically abused, although the girl who was getting rid of her for her boyfiend polked her in her face alot, until I asked her to stop. I always blow into their nostrals as a greeting and stoop shoulders and stand sideways when approaching. There’s so much to learn and I’ve seen the movie “Buck” and even recently obtained the phone number of the trainer of Moka. He told the girl who gave her away he remembers her, so now I need to talk to him.
I didn’t cherish this dream for all these years to say ow that hurt and quit. No I do not like being bit, that last one was nasty and 2 weeks later STILL hurts…BUT she’s trying to tell me something and I need to shut up and listen. She’s not a puppy, although having some issues in that area too or I wouldn’t be watching the dog whisperer.
Many thanks again…Bev”
Don’t forget – Lara’s key ground exercises book is here.