Yesterday I was in an E conversation with my vet re basic protocol for Troubadour. Discussions of weaning and gelding came up. The weaning process is really taking effect on its own naturally, but yes I will make a real dat,e so to speak to separate the two . I have seen way to many very awkward situations with offspring still trying to suckle at yrs old. Not cool! Not productive.
In any case we have at least a month or so to go ,as he will only be 3 months old 8/27/12, Im not rushing it. I think it will be sooner than later as Tru is very settled and day by day I see him stepping out on his own. Still looks for Mom but has pals to seek comfort from as well.
This morning as we went through our morning routine, grooming , Mom tied , Tru loose but he stays put pretty well. Sometimes curiosity wins out.
I do one then the other. As I Do Tru I have a small string round his wither /neck area. Like a riding neck rope. He responds well to it and for the most part stands well for feet etc with just it. Not bad! I use Mom’s comfort as a tool. he finds a spot by her and im pretty good to do anything. he is gettign really good with feet. still a time or 2 where he might resist but I discoverd his comfortable way to be held. Trial and error!
I have raised the bar a bit for both of us. I have made the grooming routine a real routine. Pattern animals, yes? Before I separate the two I need to really have a good foundation , better than we have already in order to make the next stage of his growth worry free. What is my plan? I will enter his life more and more over the next month or so with more domestic focused tasks. Not any fancy stuff but the basics and have it be so Im as good as Mom for support and comfort. So that what I ask of him will be accepted. grooming , feet, shots etc. This will be were the rubber meets ther rd. Human interaction and almost a bit of “Domestication” from what he has been used to will begin to happen . It wont be hard, he gets it . I can intorduce things to him for a few days a then let it go and he picks right back up after a few minutes. Now ill see if all my thoughtful work till now has any holes. Im sure it will but then ill learn to fill them in!
As we do our grooming with his favorite rubber mit , I am sure to explore all ares of his body. Tru seems to like his tail being brushed too.
What I have taken to doing now as a progression, is to wrap myself around his mid section and grooming the opposite side . I basically am draping myself over him , he doesnt think twice. Good first ride prep eh?. I have changed my touch over time, it is getting firmer, more solid, as he is more accepting. He follows a feel very well, again with just a neck rope. Dont want to raise a wilting violet! Breath and they spook! Ugh! I still put the halter on but do most my “time ” with him with out up to now.
I sat down and thought to myself what did I want to get done. This is what I came up with:
To go through the holes I have found in my other horses, as well as others that I work with, that I want to address before they show up as holes! I am a great observer. I learn from my mistakes and those I view of others.
Lots of resposibility going forward . I never took it lightly, but now facing the separation from a great Mare, who has been even better than I exected, its now my turn to step in and take over the raising of Troubadour. I will still have help for the herd . I will rely on them a lot! Granny( Diana), and Popeye, Mr. Bill and Cora will be vital to keeping it natural!