This week I took Tru out on the trails again . Rode Pop, lead Sarah and he toddled along. We were about 1/3 the way through our ride and I looked back and NO Tru! Sarah ws looking back too. Ok so I Know he will wander off trial but not that far. Hmm? I stopped and called to him , I, we, heard him far off. Then very quickly he ran up to us and we moved off. Wasnt sure what had happened but it was all good so we went on. Then again he did the same thing and I caught him out of the corner of my eye just stop and go the other way . Calling out and running back. I was baffled. We Pop , Sarah and I, stood , listened , called, and in less than a minute he was back at full speed. I let him suckle off of Sarah while we gathered out thoughts. Nothing was different about the ride we were on.. what could it be.
Then the third time and he was gone back even farther and calling out. I called to give him a point of reference to come back to and it dawned on me he was missing his Granny who always up till this ride bringing up the rear. He was looking for her. He is very attentive to all who is where in the herd members while turned out, Most especially Granny.
He was really tuckered this time, came flyin back to us. We held hard for a minute or so to gather our brain and began our ride again. I was hoping this was the last ventrue, It was. I think he finally realised she was not there and he best stick with us. We as a team , Pop , Sarah and I, saw him through his Moments. Points for us!
What did I learn ? well among other things… Tru is RBE when change happens.” The sky is falling!!!” He REALLY Likes patterns to fall into to keep him settled. Facinating to see him develop. I see LBE as well but that is the kid in him . Mouthy, curious and funny!
Lets face it he is a mixed bag. He loves to dominate at play! Gets all huffy when tired, like a kid having a stomping fit!
Great Kid number 5! Or 6 if we include hubby!
Stay tuned for more Tru adventures!
Gotta love it when things just come together. Today I was driving down the rd to go pick up one of my kids and saw a car stopped in middle of the rd actually backing up to view something. It was my Nieghbor, and I knew wat she was looking at , Little Tru . He was alone, not really but single in and area of the field by a stack jump . He was clearly looking at how to manuver over it, trying to figure its purpose: pawing, sniffing etc. Gotta love his curiosity.
Later in the day after feed time, I was readying for clinic this weekend at the farm and had my daughter in barn with me. She bagan to play with Bubba in stall and went to pick up his hoofs. I have introduced this already and it is quite good but he is smart! No news huh?
Marg was being all soft and touchy feely. He likes a solid feel. Not hard but not fishy either. He was free in stall so when he felt her insecurity he knew he could play his game. Its not a bad game but still a game: foot pulled away, lean etc.
I said , “hold on Marg, this isn’t what I wanted to get into but…”.
I got his little halter and get down line and played scatches first then showed marg howto approach for foot. solid feel. like you know hat your doing. LOL! once she got her confidence gogn she had it up and down 5-6 times with no issues. and rested it back down. This was with all 4′s. Hinds are getting really good. We brush a solid feel down his legs first a few good trombones so to speak, and then a solid feel round his fetlock and up he comes.
In time we will try our snappy leg routine …. LOL.
Anyway , while we had him in a thinking mind. I had a thought to get him wormed. I was due to worm him in the next 10 days or so at 8 weeks. I felt it was a good time to do this . Tru is quite big and advanced, I felt sure he could handle it. New protocol is at 2 months not 1 .
Great to see my prep with tube was all for the good. I got it , held it by his mouth, he licked it into his mouth, I gave him his dose. Done! How awesome to have things just go so smoothly! Very proud of everyone involved. Pats on the back to me too.
Life is good!
Big day for my happy herd. Bubba( Troubadour) got to play with Popeye in herd today. I had Pop in the field with them as they were all ( 2 ponies, Granny, Sarah and Bub) turned out. after play time let things just meld. Now grnted they knew each other beforer and had connected but not free time. So knowing Pop wouldn’t hurt the little dude, also knowing he wanted ot play with him, being fully shod and big in comparison i held off till today. What changed, it just was the right time . No hard fast answer… just time.
Naturally, No one paid any mind to the other. While we played and jumped some fences we peaked Bubba’s interest but he stayed by Mom.
Pop is a happy boy to have his “family” together. Been a hard yr for my guys since Irene. They have been baby sitting Irene refugee horses and others in order to make them more able to integrate or in fact be more of a horse.
Very proud of all my guys! I know Pop has been taking it very hard. Does not like the disconnect from his “Norm”. He has been very dutifuly waiting for this day.
They are not discharged of duties yet but they are getting closer .