I have good things to report.
I led Captain passed an old pony eating his breakfast this morning. No tantrums or dragging me to the bucket and all still with a loose lead rope.
He has now got company. It is the YO's trusty cob and old faithful pony. The cob is grazing next to Captain and they can touch each other and groom and nuzzle over the tape.
The old faithful is wandering free in the field and often stands with Captain at his field over night. Arrrr.
Just a couple of small questions really:
Captains grazing is now down so when I take him out of his area to walk him back to the stable the first thing he does is put his head down to munch on the non grazed areas.
Also when I practise our stand and wait he drops his head and completely takes all attention off me. So I am keeping on eye on the gate and on eye on the munching piggy. I am flicking the rope around and saying No Head Up. Should I be using an easier command??
I have had a couple of incidences when he has walked over to me in the field with his head down and trying to shove me out of the way..
This has happened twice since Thursday.. I stand my ground and growl and push him away. Basically I am telling him that if he is going to be bad mannered then I dont want to stroke or pamper him. He then walks away and completely blanks me. This I presume is another test.. Have I passed.??
I have noticed that he now doesnt look me in the eye as much. He will often have his head turned away as I am talking to him or fussing him. Is this a good sign??
Sorry for the questions I am just one of those people that always seem to want to know the answer to changes in behaviour...
Of course I am aware that there is sometimes not an answer but the more I learn the more I love horses.