That was easier/faster than I anticipated, if you don’t count all the animal moving around that is always part of this sort of activity. First, I moved the goats and sheep to the small upper barn yard area to get the pesky people out of the way. Then I headed to the big pasture with my trusty sidekick (Morgan). The fields connect, from the pasture to the goat field to the front barn yard. With the goats and sheep tucked away, I opened the gates while Morgan haltered Zip and led her through.
Shortcake dutifully followed. And so did the donkeys.
Once we got everyone to the front barn yard, I took the donkeys back to the pasture. Then Morgan took Zip back to the pasture. Gates shut. Shortcake suddenly realized she was confined. It’s always cool to watch horses run–except, like, when you don’t want them to. Shortcake started doing her usual laps of avoidance around the front barn yard. I thought we were never going to get hold of her. I had hay and water set up for her in a stall in the barn. We needed to run her into the alleyway, except all she was doing was running laps around the barn yard, making fools of me and Morgan. Then, out of the blue, she ran into the alleyway–and into the stall. I slammed the stall door on her and didn’t even hang around for her to give me the evil eye.
Morgan had made dinner and I was hungry.
Now here’s the thing about Shortcake. She’s insane. She sees me coming, and there’s no way she’s letting me touch her, which is seriously annoying. But once she’s “under control” like she is now, she’s a different horse. She’s incredibly enjoyable. She’s calm, sweet, just a doll, easy to ride, and the most cooperative thing you could ever imagine. The impetus to get her stalled was that she needs a good grooming–she got into some burrs. But. Now that I’ve got her, I’m loathe to let her go right away. Normally, I don’t like to keep a horse stalled, but she’s not normal. I’m thinking about keeping her stalled for a little while, to give me a chance to work with her, ride her, enjoy her, befriend her. TOUCH HER. Any tips out there for making the most productive use of her time stalled to change her attitude?