Friday, February 19, 2010
Oh no you didn't just tell me NO!
Now that he is more comfortable with me and his environment. He is used to eating grass, knows I will be back to get him out to eat more grass…..He is feeling less grateful and more entitled. Just like a domestic horse. I afforded him some latitude on the matter and figured in the end, it will all work for me and not against me. He has, after all, been locked up in a grassless environment for nearly 6 yrs. But I became the toady this week and didn’t like it at all. He was eating and actually told me NO, when I told him that his time was up. Of course, I don’t have to be very stern about it to change his attitude. So he made his little attempt at dominating me, and I told him….”nice try”. I discovered he is terrified of touching things with his feet, so we started working on putting his feet places lastnight. While he touched things with the side of hoof (wall) he didn’t want to touch it with the bottom (sole) So I finally just picked up his leg and worked on setting it there my self. In the end, got both of his feet on a piece of plywood. I had to keep telling myself….”don’t be a predator….. don’t be a predator”…………..”nose, neck MAYBE feet”. Gosh it is hard not to push. When one thing doesn’t work, I try something else, and I have to remind myself, he was a wild horse 6 weeks ago. The progress he has made is amazing. As far as Halter started…..it’s done. He leads like a dream. We started the falling leaf pattern and he was great at it.We are now playing in all of the L2 Online patterns and half of the L2 self assessment tasks. Who could ask for more? This weekend my dad is coming and needs help moving some stuff in his old house, so that only leaves me sat, and I have a bad cold….ICK! Aside from still playing in all that we ARE playing in, I want to tackle the putting his feet on something. I’d like to be able to put him in the trailer in a few weeks so we can start going to play days or at least to an arena where he can run full out.