It has been a while since I've updated on Francie, our rescue horse, and a few of you have requested some news. She is doing very well. She's healthy. She's sweet. She still doesn't like anyone but me, but hopefully over time she'll learn that others can be trusted too.
I also used an Amazon gift card to order her a very special bit for when I start to ride her. The Happy Mouth bits are expensive, but they are apple flavored with a soft cushion of rubber around them. My horse friend from high school, Michelle, who has amazing horse skills, recommended this particular bit. I decided it was worth the investment. I hope Francie will like it.
One thing Francie still need to work on is trust - she doesn't seem to trust anyone but me, and is scared of others. I have started having Paul lead her some, so that she can learn that others don't mean to harm her. And if Pierce is around, I hold her while he gently pets her neck. She cringes if anyone tries to pet her besides me (but adores when I scratch her face and neck for her). I don't know if someone hurt her or not. But she's not skittish in other circumstances, so I am inclined to think perhaps so. This is something I think she can overcome, with time and repeated exposure to kind-hearted people. Francie is also still reluctant to be caught. I generally have to have food to catch her. As long as I have food, though, she is fine.
I'm thrilled with Francie's progress so far. In the coming Spring months, I do plan to hop on her back and see where we go from here. Thanks to those of you who continue to root for her happiness!