I came into baby horse ownership pretty green. I consider myself a pretty experienced horse person but I have never before had a true baby. I have helped start young horses and have handled my fair share of pills (baby Hue I am looking at you!) but almost all of the horses that I have worked with have known the basic basics. A horse that is easy to catch, lead, and groom is like an angel in my eyes at this point. When Luna first came home she was eager to be caught and pretty even keeled. She hadn’t been handled a ton but she was very willing to try. As she is growing into herself and more confident in her skin she has gotten pretty sassy – definitely not going to be quite the sweet heart that Annie is on the ground I don’t think. She particularly likes to pretend like she doesn’t “get whatever it is you are asking” – usually after she has already done it multiple times!
She is pretty much a tiny bulldozer at feed time, likes to play the most irritating game of tag when you try to catch her, and has even taken to being a tool about grooming at times – just love getting kicked over a tantrum about picking up a foot. She is still pretty unphased by most things she has just developed a loud opinion when she isn’t interested in cooperating. I guess it is both a blessing and a curse to have such a smart little creature – hopefully this will eventually pay off undersaddle. Amanda tells me that it will get worse before it gets better though so wish me luck!
I can’t wait to see how she grows (already 14.2hh+) and develops this year as she sheds some of the fuglies. Maybe she will shed some of her ‘tude when she loses her winter Chewbacca coat! Do any of you have experience with super young horses? Tips or tricks?