The last couple days were great with her. I have moved from tying her to the gate post to tying her to a small pine tree in the new area between the barn and the corral. She is still not too fond of being tied up and for that reason I have not tried leading her around the corral. I’m hoping by next week we will be at that point.
Yesterday I was able to brush her after the grain bucket was removed from the area. This may not seem like much but considering up until now I couldn’t even give her a quick pet as she walked by, I would call that some good progress. I don’t want her to have to eat the whole time I’m milking, nor do I want the milking to take so long she gets impatient and needs to.
Today I was able to brush her again and remove the halter without her throwing her head. A horn to the arm or shoulder really isn’t too pleasant. I’m glad we are starting to get past that habit. I know it will still happen but at least it’s not daily anymore.
Per the advice of a reader, I looked into and bought a halter with a buckle that I can just clip a lead rope to rather than the slip knot one I have been using. So far I have not been able to get it on her. I don’t know if it is the jingle of the buckle or what but she gets pretty jumpy around it. I do think I would be handy, so we will continue to work with it and I’m sure one day she will be sporting it.