Update on Chiquita

Chiquita goes in and out of the paddock by herself now!

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She even goes into the adjoining fields!

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How We Did It

I really thought it would take a lot of intervention to get Chiquita to behave like a normal horse again. I was wrong! Sometimes, it’s great to be proven wrong!

The first step was to to stop bringing Chiquita cut grass. Our caretaker was worried that she wouldn’t have enough to eat if he didn’t bring her cut grass. He found out that if he brought her outside on a lead rope, she would graze for a bit. But he had to keep her on the rope because she would try to get back into the paddock. We figured that if we kept her outside, eventually she would realize that it was nice to walk around and graze! After a few days of monotonous rope-holding, he realized he could just shut the paddock door and take her off the lead rope!  Once she got used to being outside, the door was kept open during the daytime so she could freely go in and out of the paddock.

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