How are Milton & I faring with our do over? Very well, thank you. We are doing very little, but I’m very excited about it.
His ground-tie is a work in progress. He stays in place but is not immobile. We are at the stage where he moves a hoof, I move it back. He moves a hoof. I move it back. Ad infinitum.
He is undecided about grooming. He is the only horse I’ve met who will pin his ears and lick at same time. Weird dude.
He responds well to body work: sighing, yawning, head lowering, chewing, licking, and – when working on the rear half – farting. He responds quickly, which either means he is a surface horse &/or he does not have deep-seated problems.
We are talking the field walks that Mathilda and I used to do [My Two Horses]. He is mostly blase about the wandering about, but I use a halter with a nose chain. I want to be prepared in case we have a spontaneous discussion on the subject of respect.
Mainly, I look forward to working with him. That’s huge.