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Wanted to share a photo of our new addition. This little lady is a newly turned 6 months old filly. She is a Canadian Horse which is unfortunately a endangered horse breed. Here is our little girl. She is sweet as a button. Barely handled, so we have a lot of work to do.
Quick question, after a not-so-quick explanation... I didn't manage to get out and go see my filly where she's boarded at my friends place yesterday due to being ill, and my friend just sent me a message via internet about her. The gist of her message was to just let me know that she had attempted to put Jolene out with the 'big horses', but since they hated her and were running her, she moved her back into the paddock, by herself. I'm fine with that. I'd rather her stay in the paddock anyway, since she injured her knee the other day. Then my friend tells me that Jolene had attempted to kick her in the stall, and my friend had 'whacked her with a switch and ran her off'. I'm fine with that too, if she kicked, then she needs to be reprimanded. Afterwards, my friend also said that I need to 'really utilize' her round-pen and 'lunge the crap' outta Jolene, to teach basic manners, because she 'doesn't care what you do, she just doesn't want to be messed with'. I'm not sure if I agree with that statement. While I believe you can teach basic things via lunging, I don't think lunging her right now is a good idea, for her joints. Jolene still very much has the looks and personality of a 'baby' (for lack of better terminology). I think she's 'testing the waters' with my friend and will probably start doing the same with me. While I agree we don't need to let her get away with any attitude, I don't think lunging her in a small round-pen with her still being so young is a good idea, especially with her knee being swollen up from where she injured it a few days ago. Opinions?