Here’s an update from Jewel’s fabulous foster mom, Janelle!Jewel has been very respectful of me and my space without running away from me, just really polite. She is a bit nervous being caught but if you go slow she will let you halter her. She is terrified of the blanket going on her back. She’ll smell it and be ok, but when you lift it to put on her she dances around and when you try to flip it over her butt she really freaks out. She’s letting me groom her including half way down her thighs, and I have been using the mucking fork to gently touch her back legs. She has decided that it is not a threat at all to her and is completely comfortable with it which is why I am using it as my primary tool at the moment. She has let me touch down her front legs and pick them up. Hopefully that will help her relax more with the back end.
I’ll have more updates in a few days as I will start clicker training with her to help her understand to stay still for the blanket, halter, etc.