VBA Brindabella this journey of ours is always interesting, its not in a straight line but it is more like a dance, forward and back and around and around we go….
I am still ill but now dosed up on antibiotics I have been soldiering on. I have found that Brindi became hard to catch this week after being good for a period of time so we changed things up and began each session with a handful or two of lucerne chaff, she has also become partial to small pieces of carrot.
I have been working on teaching Brindi to turn off the lead from the halter, she has been improving as we go though remains cautious when her eye leaves me as she turns. I have also managed to bridle Brindi and am getting her used to holding a bit in her mouth.
I have been attempting to desensitise Brindi to a saddle cloth though she becomes anxious when anything touches her skin that attained a burn from the backline treatment. I have been able to use a small pony pad saddle cloth ( not big enough for a regular saddle) to get her used to material placed on her back. I have also used my sons tiny pony pad/saddle to prepare her to carry a saddle and be girthed. She was quite worried at first though I just allowed her to breath and go through the experience and feel the feelings and she slowly relaxed a little. She proceeded to follow me around the pen with bridle and saddle pad on. Once she seemed more settled I asked for a trot on the line in either direction, she was happy enough to oblige.
Brindi still attempts to sift out the probiotic supplied by McDowells herbal but consumes the tonic supplied without issue, she also doesn’t seem to have any issue with the oil that has been added to her diet. Her burn area is gaining a fine downy layer of hair after several sudocream treatments.
I have been working on removing the dreadlock from Brindi’s tail, I have managed to cut the wire that had two twists and in turn remove it from her tail, I have managed to brush free the bottom six inches of tail. There will be a lot more work involved in completely untangling the tail. I have also been working on brushing Brindi down over the majority of her body as she is shedding heavily.
We are continuing to make progress and go back over the work we have already done to strengthen the bond and making sure the building blocks are firm. Brindi makes it clear when she has reached her threshold and we back off and work on something else or go for a break. Brindi has been enjoying going for a few handwalks and will eat grass from my hand, she is very partial to clover and self seeded oats.
Still enjoying watching Brindi grow, trust and the experiences we call the journey we are on together.
VBA Brindabella its been another up and down kind of week, Brindabella has achieved some more milestones like being able to pick up her back feet now in preparation for another visit from the farrier to trim her back feet.
I personally had a few troubles as my son was ill early in the week and myself late in the week which has delayed some of the training as well as the heavy rain we received.
I have been applying Sudocream to Brin’s burn and it has made a difference to her healing though which is positive as she has been so protective of the area and wouldn’t allow a saddlecloth to cover the area. This is one of the reasons we have been working on other areas of her training.
I have also been working on some more rope work including being able to swing the rope over her head and neck as if they were reins in preparation for bridling and reins.
I have also received my McDowells herbal training sponsorship package which includes a hat and two products one a digestive powder and another being a stress tonic. I have also added oil to her feed to add further calories. This is due to losing a little weight during the heavy rain and cold days, so thought this would aid in regaining the weight as well. She is consuming the two supplied products and the oil and hasn’t turned her nose up at any of them.
I have completed the course of flower essences for Brindi and believe they have helped with her stress.
I have also been working on treating Brindi’s tail as it is in one complete dreadlock and has a piece of wire in it that has several twists keeping it stuck in there. I have applied coconut oil to the hair in order to aid with the detangling process.
I have noticed im getting snorted at less and she is more accepting when replacing the large haynet and water and putting her feed in her feeder.
I will continue with some tasks I have set up for Brin this week and hope the pieces are able to be built upon.
Still remaining positive but exhausted this week with trying to recover from illness. Looking forward to the week ahead.
VBA Brindabella wow, what can I say, we have definitely had some penny drop moments this week and its been such a relief to see things starting to make sense to Brindi.
Brindabella has so many up and down moments throughout this challenge so far without much apparent forward movement. Often these moments are when tiny little pieces of the puzzle are being collected and stored awaiting assembly at a later date.
This week has been devoted to doing rope work, more body touch, and the picking up of front legs. Brindi has passed in such a divine way and managed to have her front feet trimmed by my farrier Simon Roberts who donated his time to do Brin’s front feet. Its amazing to have such patient and talented people to back you up on this journey. It was also great to see Brindi accept another person near her and allow them to touch her as previous visitors were not welcomed by Brindi.
Brindi has gained a much better appetite this week and has finally had two days where she hasn’t knocked her water bucket over, this was such a relief after three and a half weeks of a wet squishy and smelly yard.
There are so many things we have yet to work on but we can only continue to work at Brindi’s pace. We will continue to add many pieces to the puzzle and enjoy the moments when more of this puzzle becomes visable to form a greater picture.
I continue to treat Brindi with the flower essences and have also added a magnesium supplement to her feed to reduce the muscle stress and visable muscle tremors. It has had a positive effect. She also seems to seek out the scent of the oi Peace and Calming.
Enjoying how far we have come but also know how much we still have to do. We will just continue to work at Brindi’s pace and hopefully meet as many targets as we can….Her future looks a little brighter every day x
VBA Brindabella’s journey has many ups and downs a few steps forward and a few steps back.
Brindi’s hair has continued to shed out and she has been quite stressed and skittish. Its been a process of taking a few steps backwards once again. She had gone off her food again whilst her hair was shedding and has finally gone back onto her food and is eating well again. She has broken two water tubs now, appearing to favour drinking water off the ground rather than in the tub…. This though does lead to a dirtier squishier yard.
I have continued to treat Brindi with the flower essences for comfort and also using some essential oils, she is more comfortable with Peace and Calming and Stress Away more than Tranquil or lavender.
Brindi has now been haltered and will now lead whilst you either lead backwards or will attempt to follow you at a distance off to my right hand side. She had her first session in the round yard, my son sat outside on the mounting block and she was quite worried by him at first but as time passed she didn’t see him as a threat and was less worried by him.
Brindi and I have had some interesting interactions, over time , she tells me clearly when she is overwhelmed but has settled much more and is happy to go for short walks and have a graze on green pick.
Brindi chooses to face up to me more and more and only move small distances away rather than to do hotlaps this week. This is a big improvement for her. She is much more willing to allow me to pat her face and neck/mane on both sides, yesterday we worked on softening of her neck away from me from either side as she has so often braced herself and not allowed me to stand on her nearside let alone ask her to shift her face or weight around away from me.
Hopefully we will start working towards feet soon as Brindi really needs a trim, also look forward to receiving some supplements soon to add to her diet and help her gut and stress levels. Will attempt to add magnesium to her water and hopefully that will also aid her going forward.
Still a challenge but still so much to learn and look forward to the ongoing challenges and journey ahead.
VBA Brindabella’s journey is not a straight forward one. There have been ups and downs already in our short journey so far.
When Brindi was picked up from the VBA depot she had a patch of hair missing that was hard to tell if it was a bite or a reaction from the backline louse treatment, as time goes on its clear she has had a reaction to the backline treatment and is shedding significant hair from her back and loins.
I have increased the size of Brindi’s yard by adding more panels moved her feed and water points as she had taken to knocking her water over daily. I have now positioned her hay bag over her tyre feeder and moved the water to another corner and tied it at two points. She has started to eat a little more again since the change.
I have had a friend make a Bach flower essence treatment for her as I believe she is quite traumatised by her experience of initially changing hands and ending up passing through the sales and knackery, before being rescued by the VBA.
Our progress is not fast but we can only work at a pace Brindi is comfortable and not over stressed or it will not be in her best interests for her long term future.
If Brindi becomes stressed her first reaction is to flee/flight and hotlaps around the yard is her answer. My aim is to keep stress levels to a minimum. I have been working with Brindi to teach her to station when touched on the shoulder with a rubber pointer. When stationed she will allow me to touch more of her face up to her cheek bones, half of her lower jaw and half of her jowels on both sides. She will also let me touch her/rub her under the mane on the offside and some of her chest.
Ive also been working on dangling the string on the end of the training stick over her body, shoulder and neck. This has been to build steps for her to be touched further and also prepare her for halter etc.
I am enjoying the challenge Brindi is presenting me and continue to look forward to seeing what we can achieve.
VBA Brindabella was collected from the VBA’s Glenlogie holding facility on Saturday 27th June.
Brindi travelled well though it was a long journey, I didn’t feel that it was in Brindi’s best interest for safety to unload after 1am in the dark. She was unloaded into her own yard with lots of food and water in order to settle in the next morning.
This past week I have had many short handling sessions with Brindi as she has a strong fight/flight instint, Brindi is happier being handled on the offside. I am working on gaining her trust and keeping stress levels to a minimum, she has just gotten to the point where she likes to touch my hand/fingers as a release point.
Brindi is happy with adlib beardless wheaten hay for forage, hard feed and has access to water at all times. She also enjoys Lucerne hay as incentive.
I'm really enjoying the challenge and look forward to where we can take this partnership