Tommy has now been with us for 12 days. As I mentioned in my blog last week I couldn't believe the progress we were making. The last few days I have been building on the first week.
In the mornings I can now brush him all over, although I am gentle and make extra sure he knows where I am all the time. He is also now relaxed enough to munch his hay while I brush him! I can now pick out all 4 of his feet, and use the skip that I use for the others (so the mud and stones don't get all mixed up in his bed)! He also has his headcollar off in the stable now.
I can catch him if he is near to the gate but not if he is in the main part of the field, then he walks away. I have not made a big thing about this as he comes to the gate with the others and then I can catch him. At the moment I have no need to catch him without the others coming in (and this will be a rare occurrence in the future too).
Unfortunately, Tommy doesn't like Polo's or carrots and just spits them out but he likes apples! I have had to seriously limit when he gets treats though as he was getting a bit nippy so now he just gets neck rubs if he is good and brave.
Fitting in with our routine was the major thing I wanted. Obviously he is also going to need to be good for the Farrier but we have another 4/5 weeks before that and I hope to improve the feet picking up still further. I also want to be able to use a weigh tape on him, so that is the next step. The other thing I am hoping is that I will be able to put a rug on him in the winter - luckily we have a long time to work up to this and I will keep you posted on the steps I am taking with that.
So these are our next steps:
1. Be able to put my arm gently over his back.
2. To pick up his feet more quickly.
3. To be calmer for his headcollar to be put on.
4. Use a weigh tape.
5. Be able to catch him in the main part of the field.
6. To build his confidence more.
7. To increase his experience eg: seeing footballs, new people etc.
8. To give him lots of love and cuddles - which he loves!
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Until next time!