This blog will go in reverse order from the beginning, through Justice's progress: Current information on top. Scroll to the bottom to start from the beginning.
Don Jessop is taking Carolyn step by step through the process to tame and bond and instill boundaries with her horse Justice the Mustang.
Happy 50th Birthday Carolyn. Carolyn's daughter came to visit her Mum from Beirut, Lebanon for her birthday. Brooke got the meet Justice the Mustang and the rest of the family.
Justice the mustang thinks it is fun now to play with his lips.💖
Justice the mustang took a while to accept a human playing with his mouth.
Sometimes you just don't wanna play! Justice the mustang running away from unwanted pushing.
Justice the mustang loves the grass. Happy boy💖
Justice out in the big pasture with the whole family. What joy to have space.💖 He wants to be with the big kids, that will happen with time.
Justice the mustang running free, what joy to have space.💖
Carolyn walks Justice the mustang around the perimeter of the field before letting him go so he knows where the fences are. Nice job 👍
Justice the mustang finally out with his herd family. What a happy boy. 😃
Raspberry and Justice meet casually for the first time and chat over tea.😁 I think they are going to be good friends.
Keeping up with Foot prep is important with Justice the mustang👍.
Next day introductions with Justice the mustang and Diamond. They are very polite and not a lot of commotion. I think they like each other.😉
Carolyn introduces Justice the mustang and Diamond to each other. They will become pasture pals, but it is nice to give them introduction time. Nicely done.👍👌
Carolyn and Justice hang out. 💖
Justice the mustang: See the ball, smell towards the ball. You are on the ball! This is crazy. 😃
Justice the mustang gets his hind feet trimmed. Lorri gives him a big rub for being so good. His hind feet had grown on an angle. Great to get them straightened up.👍
Lorri takes a lot of hoof off of Justice the mustang. That is going to feel a whole lot better.
It all starts with picking out the feet. Justice the mustang stands very well for Carolyn and Lorri.😃
After all the foot prep Justice the Mustang is ready to have his feet trimmed. Lorri rubbed and established bonding before starting in. Nice work team!👍
A girl and her horse... Carolyn and Justice the mustang going on outings and hanging out together. 💖
Carolyn feeding Justice the mustang some pineapple weed, which smells just like Chamomile plant. He thought this was great and the only treat we have found that he wants to eat from us.
Grazing/bonding time with Justice the mustang is so important. Nice one Carolyn!👍
Carolyn helps Justice the mustang with personal space boundaries, as he comes over the pole a little quickly into Carolyn's space. Nicely done. 👍
Justice the Mustang is much braver now and crosses the last pole confidently. Well done 👍
Justice the mustang steps over the second pole, he gets a nice pat from Carolyn and then gives her one in return. 😍
Justice the mustang made it over the scary pole and is resting in the middle on alert.
Carolyn asks Justice the mustang to look at the colorful pole, sniff it and walk over it. After a small hesitation, he decides it is an ok Idea and the pole may not eat him.👍👍
Carolyn had clear leadership while asking Justice the mustang to sniff the beautiful butterfly jump ends. Go team 👍
Carolyn is taking Justice the mustang out on a walkabout. They are doing really well.😉
We put Justice the mustang back in the field around Freedom the mustang and Justice sniffed around the whole pen almost like he knew he was a fellow wild horse and he wanted to support him.
Justice the mustang picking up his hind feet for Carolyn. Looking really good. 😃
Carolyn helps Justice the mustang to lift his feet some more. Looking good. We really want to trim up his feet.
Carolyn takes over to continue helping Justice the mustang feel better about the flag. Looking good.👍
Justice the mustang allowing Don Jessop to pick up his front and back feet calmly and in position. Pretty cool when you set a horse up for success. 👍😃
Justice the Mustang thinks playing with his feet is too much and he needs to move them. Don brings him back into position and starts again. Justice gets the idea quickly. Ah, just stand in position and you mean me no harm. 👍
Don Jessop helps Justice the mustang to get used to having ropes around his legs and to pick his feet up. He is doing really well.👍😃
Don getting Justice the mustang to catch him. So magical 😍
Justice the mustang getting the idea of how to drive, he did a great job. Whew, big brain day.😊
Justice the mustang takes his first straight steps driving. Well done!😃
Justice the mustang is doing really well, but when he hits a point where he gets worried, I hold on to the rope closest to me and let go of the rope further away from me and bring him back to me. Well done👍😃 Now we can bring the energy down and start again.
Justice the mustang did really well, he followed the feel of the rope and turned all the way around with two lines hugging him. Pretty great😃👍
Justice the mustang got a little worried in the middle of a turn. We just dropped our energy and stopped.👍
Asking Justice the mustang to turn away from me with two lines. Very cool👍
Asking Justice the mustang to take a step forward. I ask with the front line, clearly more than the line around the hind end while keeping the tension on the back line.
When I get the rope all the way around Justice the mustang, I need to keep tension on it, or it may slide down. Trying not to hold it too tight that he might think I mean turn though. A delicate balance.😃
Justice the Mustang getting a good scratch, after trying so hard.
Justice the mustang getting used to ropes on the ground while he is moving. Looking good!
Justice the mustang has one line laying over his back, I ask him to walk forward with the line just resting there. He is rewarded for taking a step forward. Doing great👍
Driving Justice the mustang or any horse is a lot of ropes. Making sure I keep my lines in the right place.😉
Justice the Mustang masters the rope around. Yahoo! Successful without being worried.
Justice the mustang feeling the ropes around the sides and back of his legs. He is doing much better with that.
Rachel helping Justice the mustang to be o.k. walking around with ropes hanging and dragging by his side. Big steps for a horse to get accustomed too.
Tossing the rope all around Justice the Mustang. Till he thinks it is just fine.👍
Personal space is so important especially when a horse is learning and/or scared of a new thing I ask Justice the mustang to remember mine 😃👍
Asking Justice the mustang to follow a feel on the rope, while, stepping over the scary rope lying on the ground. Big effort 👍
Getting upset or mad with Justice the mustang for being scared would have been a waste of time. Instead I catch him, pat him and bring him back to start again. What happens next means more than what happened. How you finish is most important.😃
Justice the mustang did not find the other side as easy, he got scared and ran through the pressure. Even when you set things up well they do not always go according to plan. But it is how you finish that matters.😉
Playing with the rope around, sliding the rope back and forth with Justice the mustang. Notice my two hands on both ends of the rope. If he had a problem I can let go of the end and bring the head to me. Justice followed a feel really great this direction.
Making sure to give lots of bonding time and loves to Justice the mustang. 😀
Lots of desensitizing Justice the mustang with ropes around his body and legs. He gets more used to things the more time you spend. Just because he is good one moment does not mean he knows it and will be the next. Repetition is key😃
Justice the mustang does not like the feel of the rope around his body. Helping him to get used to it. When he reacts I am able to let go of the back rope and keep safe and start again 👍
Justice the mustang learns to have the rope tossed over his head, lots of rythum and repitition. He did super with this.😃
We finally found a treat that Justice likes, pineapple plant, part of the chamomile family. So neat to have him eating out of his hands. Carolyn was careful not to get her hands to close.
Justice the Mustang is feeling more comfortable with Carolyn close by while he is lying down. He seems to be settling in very well.
Carolyn approaching Justice the Mustang while he is lying down in his new field. He is feeling pretty comfortable to be lying down having someone approach. He has lots of friends over the fence.
Justice the mustang had not seen someone crouch down before as Carolyn got up he got a fright, he ran off a short distance, luckily the training they did together in the pen asking him to face was strong and he came back and they shared a moment of love and bonding. Don Jessop has been a great teacher and support throughout this whole process. Setting them up for success.
Justice the mustang stretching his legs for the first time, freedom to run is sweet. He has been in a small pen for nearly a year. Watch as he and Ready mirror each other as he feels his legs.
Justice the Mustang being lead out into a new pasture. Carolyn walks him around the perimeter and shows him his water trough. She lets him go. He wanders around for food. Now the test, can I catch you again, now you are in a bigger space. He passes the test. Yes to more freedom and grass to eat.
After Justice the Mustang got comfortable with coming into the stall and walking over the poll in his corral. He was asked for the next big step. Walk over the door post into the barn. He had a little trouble at first but was watching Carolyn and making sure everything was ok. He then started to get curious and he decided he could do it.
Carolyn out with Justice the Mustang, giving him some grass which he has not had any of since being in captivity. Notice how she is holding the lead rope fairly taunt to set them both up for a good chance of him not stepping over it.
Justice the Mustang on his second lead out. Not everything always goes to plan. Justice got a fright and ran away. Carolyn could not hold him, but he stopped and turned around and came back to her. Justice decided that Carolyn was safer and better to be with. Carolyn was ecstatic to get that response from Justice. Love the ending to that story.😉
Don Jessop is helping Justice the mustang to cope with the rope around his legs, should he step over the rope and give himself a fright. It is also good preparation for footwork and we really want to trim his feet.
Justice the Mustang has his first day leading out of the pen. He has passed his prerequisite tests. Don Jessop guides Carolyn as she leads him out and lets him eat grass. He was a bit hesitant coming back into the pen. They made it!
Don Jessop helping Justice the Mustang to believe the flag is something not to be scared of.
In the past, the flag has meant fear and intimidation for Justice the Mustang. Justice is doing his best to try and trust based on the bond and the approach.
These photo's tell a lot of the story.
Justice the mustang having a big day, getting into the stall to see inside the barn. He found it very scary, then he decided to try and get curious. Carolyn did a great job with Don Jessop's guidance. Well done a huge step.
Justice the Mustang being lead into a scary, shaded, horse eating stall in the barn. Or at least that is what Justice thinks.
Justice the Mustang really started to let loose and relax and enjoy his friends.
Carolyn Rae Maier grooming Justice the Mustang and they are both having fun!
Diamond accepting and bonding with Justice the Mustang.
Justice the Mustang Learning to handle the approach and touch of Bill ElmoreGreat job.
Justice the Mustang learning to handle other people and their energy approaching and rubbing. Kaile did a great job.
We would like to get Justice the Mustang out of the pen and into the field, but we have to be sure he is ok to be caught in a larger space and caught with different energy. Lots of repetition, come in and go away.
The vet said Justice the Mustang is not contagious, it is a fungal infection from the mudhole that he had been living in. And cuts he acquired from the stressful trailer loading experience. His immune system went down. He is already on the mend and relaxing in his new home. Here is Carolyn giving him his daily betadine bath.
The vet came out and was surprised how good Justice the Mustang was at letting him approach and check out his skin infection. He didn't think we could get a hair sample, but Karrie was able to rub and pluck a few hairs at a time until they had enough. Waiting for results and in the meantime will be using betadine steroid solution.
Justice the Mustang started to break out with a skin infection. It was very itchy for him and spread quickly. Half of this was a blessing in disguise as he wanted to be itched and around humans, the other half was a little scary, what is it, why is it spreading so quickly, where did it come from...
What an honor it is to say 'We are Friends'. Respect and trust have to be earned. Carolyn has earned and continues to earn it!
Carolyn asks Justice the Mustang to come to her and Success!
Carolyn getting the dreads out of Justice the Mustangs mane. There was a lot of conditioner and brushing. Way to go team clean up Justice!
Carolyn introducing Justice the mustang to brushes. These will be your friends.
Cava the Kitten, Mustang trainer, doing his job with Justice.
When scratching just gets better and better...
It is nice to spend lots of quality time with your horse. Carolyn does this really well with Justice the Mustang.
Now the halter is on. Carolyn asks, can you please follow a feel Justice the Mustang? The answer...
This is a funny photo. Pauli saying "What did you say". Cute expression.
Pauli saying Hi to Justice the Mustang. 'Hi, I think I really like you." How do you like to say hi?
I like these pictures of Justice the Mustang hanging with his friends. He is really relaxed.👍
Justice the Mustang has a word for you. TODAY IS A GOOD DAY!
Incredible photo's of Karrie and Justice, grooming and bonding. There are hours and hours of time involved to create a great bond. Well done Carolyn Rae Maier
Practice takes time. Lots of halter on and off with Justice the Mustang. These are beautiful photo's of Carolyn Rae Maier.
What can I say... Justice the Mustang gets kitten training. So cute.😍
Don guiding Carolyn to take the halter on and off and ask Justice the Mustang to follow a feel.
Don guiding Carolyn to help Justice the Mustang learn to follow a feel.
Don pretends he is the horse and Carolyn just got the halter on. Don explains what to do in various situations that could arise while leading a wild Mustang on its first halter experiences. Very exciting!
Don Jessop sets Carolyn and Justice up for feeling the halter. Carolyn takes the halter and rubs Justice the Mustang with it. Trying to help him to see it as a friendly thing.
Don instructs Carolyn on how to Introduce Justice the Mustang to bailing twine. Carolyn rubs the string all over him to get him used to its feel and having it around his face as a halter might be.
Huge Day, Removing the 'BLM' registration tag from around Justice's neck! He is now owned and loved! The Mustang has a home!
Carolyn Rae Maier and Justice spend more time together. Carolyn Rae Maier is rubbing and loving on him.
First contact with Carolyn. Justice the Mustang made the decision to be curious about humans. That is a huge honor! Very exciting to have a Mustang want to touch you.
Justice the Mustang is getting curious about humans!
Carolyn Rae Maier helps affirm for Justice the Mustang, facing and handling humans in close proximity.
Don helps Justice the Mustang learn to face a human and get rewarded for it. This is all done slowly using phycology and reward. Justice catches on quickly.
A very happy Carolyn Rae Maier Justice safe and home. Justice the mustang is very happy in his shelter, with food, despite the rain.
Justice the Mustang made it home safely! He seemed to know life was only going to get better from here. He stood quietly and took in his surroundings, ate some hay. With soft encouragement, he got out of the trailer, not too quickly and ate some more hay. Our horses were very excited to meet a new herd mate.
After getting Justice the Mustang into the trailer they are starting their journey home. Also, this is Carolyn's first time driving the trailer with a horse loaded in the back.
Here is Justice at the facility moving towards the trailer. Although this is a beautiful photo of him, he was very scared while being pushed through the shoots towards and into the trailer.
Loading Justice the Mustang, did not go smoothly, Karrie was upset when she called me after watching the BLM’s attempts at loading Justice, the Mustang. It was not going well, Karrie was frustrated and heartbroken, the BLM had tried loading Justice half a dozen times. Justice was scared and his flight instinct was so heightened he was attempting to jump over the panels and was crashing head first into the fences in a blind panic. He could not find his way into the trailer. Finally, they listened to Karrie and Bill’s suggestion of repositioning the trailer and shoot to help him see more clearly where to go. At last, he was in the trailer and the relief was huge. On the way home they hit pelting rain and hail for a couple of hours, Karrie could only imagine how terrified Justice was in the trailer.
Karrie and Bill on their way to pick up Justice. Carolyn driving the truck and trailer for the second time ever. Go Carolyn Rae Maier!
Justice hanging out at the BLM waiting to be adopted.
The decision was made, Justice the Mustang was chosen. Now just figuring out when to pick him up and bring him home.
There were a lot of Mustangs to look at. Trying to decide was difficult as the few that Carolyn Rae Maier liked had a roadblock, one was too small (13 hands), one had scars and bumps on his legs, one was going to another sale and not available. Don Jessop Mastery Horsemanship helped Carolyn Rae Maier to see the horse for its nature and try. Justice was closest to Carolyn Rae Maier in this picture and stopped first and turned to look first. A very sweet nature, with a lot of try. It was difficult to make a clear decision and the brand inspector and vet were waiting on Carolyn Rae Maier. Make a decision or we are going to leave. The pressure was too much and we advised waiting, as this is a big decision and you do need it to feel right and find the right horse for you. On the drive home, Carolyn Rae Maier got to drive the empty truck and trailer for the first time on the highway.
It all starts with an idea. Carolyn Rae Maier wanted a Mustang. Don Jessop Mastery Horsemanship decided to help her make that dream a reality. So Carolyn Rae Maier and Don Jessop Mastery Horsemanship and Bill Elmoreheaded up to Wyoming, an eight-hour trip one way, to look at the Mustangs.