I will definitely keep y'all in the loop. I suspect it will be mid-February before we hear anything. If I get a favorable reply, undoubtedly you'll hear me screaming and yelling at the top of my lungs, and you'll know then to run into the house and read the blog. Of course, the same may be true if I don't make it in, lol!
But let's head back out into the mustang corral, shall we? There is evidently some horse blog talk about your favorite tool. Andrea posed this same question on the mustang forum and told me I was totally predictable when I said my rope!
But it's true! A rope is the best tool ever. I discovered just how wonderful they were with Sunny. She didn't want me inside her bubble, didn't want a pole inside her bubble, but accepted the lariat with no problems. It was small, unintrusive, and light. I could flip it over her back and around her neck and legs, getting her used to all sorts of touching sensations without ever getting into her space. And eventually, the stiffness in it's coil is what helped me reach up and touch her as she accepted first the rope, then my hands on her fearful right side.
With Firecracker, the rope has changed from the stiff lariat to a soft cotton. This is the first time I've dealt with a horse without a halter, and of course I've been concerned about that poll injury. The lariat was too stiff to work as a halter, so cotton I ran out and bought.
Again, it can be flung across the back, around the legs and under the tail. FC is taking it all in stride. And this week, we turned it into a halter. The 2" ring at the end allows the rope to slip up under her throatlatch as well as slide easily around her nose. And I'm happy to report that each day has gotten easier to put it onto her head shy face.
Indeed, a rope is definitely my favorite tool!