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    Ready Now?

    Honestly, Holly, When I see your foal pics, I just get downright jelly over them! LA
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    My Mare is Possibly Pregnant.

    Welcome, Pitter Patter! I think you will love this forum! I'm pretty new here too and just brought my first mini home several weeks ago. Your mare is pretty as a picture! I've found these good folks to be just that - great folks! So far, I've received a very warm and friendly welcome; gotten...
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    Update on Sugarfoot! He is home!

    Marsha, you have so much wisdom! Everytime I pick something up or come into the paddock with Sugarfoot, he shies away from me unless I'm holding his food bowl Then I'm almost his best buddy. Since I'm planning to train Sugarfoot to a buggy/wagon, I guess he will need to be desensitized to a...
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    Update on Sugarfoot! He is home!

    The swine paddle thing worries me with Sugarfoot. having things in my hands seem to make him very nervous and he shies away until i show him my empty hands. I'm afraid at some point (not previous owner) he might have been hit often or something.
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    Update on Sugarfoot! He is home!

    Hi, Barbie! wow! I wish I could get the halter back on Sugarfoot. he managed to get it off about a week ago; he won't let me put it on him for a whole bag of animal crackers and that's saying a lot! I would love to get a blanket on him but not sure he will accept that at this point. I might...
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    Update on Sugarfoot! He is home!

    thank you, Joanna! We are slowing bonding. Some days are great; others not so great but progress is good. Yesterday, while sitting with the food bowl in my lap, Sugarfoot let me pet his face and down one side of his neck throughout his meal! I was so excited! He now whinnies and trots to...
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    Update on Sugarfoot! He is home!

    O.M.Goodness, Angelarda! I hope your Sugarfoot doesn't mind having a namesake! I love seeing Sugarfoot on Heartland. when I first saw my Sugarfoot's picture, I just knew he was coming to be my little love! Process is slow but steady :)
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    Update on Sugarfoot! He is home!

    thank you, Marsha! He is starting to realize I'm talking to him. :)
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    Update on Sugarfoot! He is home!

    thank you, Sunny! I would think your verbal cue might work similarly with the clicker training while using positive reinforcement. As a special education teacher, I believe that positive reinforcement is always the best way. :) My clicker training book and clickers were delivered on Monday...
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    Update on Sugarfoot! He is home!

    Joanna, since we are both in the kind of the same place with our minis, we might make great support for each other! I felt like Sugarfoot and I made a teeny bit of progress yesterday and I'm so thankful! It made for a great ending of the day. I know he wants out to be able to graze and run...
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    Update on Sugarfoot! He is home!

    I see teeny tiny baby steps in our bonding process already. I think the trust has a ways to go but he does come trotting up to the gate when I come out in the mornings. It doesn't hurt that I have a treat ready, but today, he did allow me to scratch under his chin, rub under his mane and rub...
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    Update on Sugarfoot! He is home!

    great reminder, thanks, Marsha! Sugarfoot let me give him scritches this afternoon under his chin, down one side of his neck and his T-spot on his forehead. Periodically, he would nose bump my hand lightly then continue to eat. I think he is calming down a bit, but still no go on the halter...
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    Update on Sugarfoot! He is home!

    Very reassuring, Chanda, Thank you! He ran over to the gate when I went out to check on him. It didn't hurt that I had a couple treats in my pocket. Later when I took his breakfast out to him, he let me scratch him under the chin briefly, then he allowed me to pet him under his mane very...
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    Test Results!

    Congrats on the black mare's positive!
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