About mid morning I decided to introduce Willow to the other 2 horses. I opened the gate and everybody stayed on their own side for over an hour! No interest. So I helped things along and told Corky to go over there and then led Willow over. Then the other 2 horses decided to play meet and greet.
Now, remember yesterday's meeting with Corky was uneventful. So once again I was surprised when Willow started being a girl and squealing when Lance came near her. Corky just stood in the background and watched. Willow gave little kicks but nothing serious. This sort of dancing went on for about an hour and after not hearing anything for an hour, I looked out and this is what I saw.
I made the best of the weather and no trailer and decided what challenges I was going to work on today from the ground! I got Willow out to roach her mane and start the "treatment." She greeted me and came eagerly out of the pen and wasn't acting all insecure.
I haltered him and was leading him out and even though there were other horses, Willow followed us. I told her to get back when I opened the wire gate, which she did, but once I shut it and started to walk off with Corky I heard "zing" and Willow had broke the bottom wire gate to stay with Corky. I hadn't had a chance to turn the fencer back on, so back in went Corky and then Willow discovered there is grass still on the other side of the fence and wouldn't come unless I haltered her. So I spent the next hour fixing the gate handle. Normally that's my husband's area, but since he wasn't here I did the best I could.
I was still determined to see if I could teach Corky to pick up his feet from one side, so I went and got him and this time went out the red gate with the fence still on! Ms. Willow stayed put. I brushed out Corky and proceeded to clean his feet. On the first few attempts of picking up his far feet from the side I was on, he was REALLY confused. I would touch the far foot and he would lift the inner foot. You could hear the wheels turning, "What the heck does she want me to do?" Then it clicked and he picked up his far foot for me! I went to the back feet and once again, it puzzled him, but that foot came much quicker than the front.
It's very hard to figure out how to take a picture of this exercise, but I'm hoping you realize that his inside leg is what you see first and then my sleeve, hand and outside foot!
After that Corky and I worked on trotting, halting square and backing up! He did much better than today, but I wouldn't say it's totally in the bag yet!
I'm thinking the garbage can exercise is next on Corky's list!
Janeen, Corky and Willow from the UP of Michigan