I've been able to mess with him quite a bit this week with the holiday going on. Putting on the headset was actually fairly easy. He eye balled them a little bit then when they were on his head he kept trying to look up kind of going "wuuuuut?" Thats all that happened Christmas Day.
Yesterday I caught him up then played dress up with him with an english saddle pad and a mini surcingle. He took it very well, very very well actually. Didnt fuss at all. Then we went and hung out with my neighbour for a couple hours as he worked on a semi that was not wanting to start up. Then he got brushed and loved on and put up.
Today was a repeat of yesterday, except I used a western saddle pad instead simply because I wanted something bigger. Again no fuss at all. I picked up and cleaned out all 4 feet. He is still a bit eeky about me handling his back legs. Worse when I stick my hand towards the inside of his leg, but we worked on that a bit. Cleaned out his back feet with no fuss when I picked them up, made some "noise" back there. and then putting his foot down after he relaxed with it. He did have a minor spook out when I was looking at his front foot, I flipped my hair out of the way and it freaked him out a bit. So I spent some time flipping my hair and rubbing him with it.
I am now able to stand directly behind him (I even took a picture) Before when I was directly behind him he would quickly scoot away to the side. So it is an improvement. I can still only touch the top of his rump from that position if I move too low for his comfort he scoots away, but it is progress.
And another update. Yesterday was farrier day again. He did much better this time around and my farrier is very happy with how is now vs last time. Last time he had to go very slow and this time he was able to do a much normal pace than before. Peanut did scare himself at one point though, pulled his foot, stumbled then went "ZOMG" Aside from that though he did pretty good. I was of course still giving him nibbles of feed to help occupy him while he got his rear feet worked on. I hope to wean him off that but for now whatever makes it easier for my farrier.
Peanut didn't really grow much in the way of hoof at all and my farrier thinks once we get his feet situated and the cracks gone we may be able to put him on an every other trim rotation at least. But we will see.
I told him what Ive been doing with him, saddle pad and surcingle, getting him comfy with people behind him and touching him, laying across him and scritching his other side, catching him, how I don't go out with a food bucket and I am now down to a one cookie bribe. He thinks Peanuts progress is going really well, especially since most of my sessions with him are on weekends.
After he left I hooked Peanut up with his saddle pad and surcingle, saddled Poco up and rode a bit then I ponied Peanut around. Peanut learned quickly that resistance is futile. He didnt really resist at all, he quickly got the message that Poco wasn't going to stop because he didn't want to go. It took him all of a couple seconds to come to the conclusion following around was easier than not. So we went around the yard then went to visit the neighbor for a bit then came on back.
Peanut got blanketed today. In a way, it was technically a fly sheet. I decided to take the business as usual approach as far as the rear leg straps went. He did get tense but nothing too bad and I was able to adjust the lengths as well. And I just let him walk around wearing it as well for a bit. He is also getting a lot easier to catch as well as being a lot more chilled out with people around his back end in general. He also got some yummy asian cookies that he couldnt live without having more of, so he proceeded to follow me around as I was putting stuff up and away in the barn area and got into everything and knocked stuff over. Pest.
Anyway, picture of him in his adorable fly sheet! I am debating about monogramming his name into it. Ive got time to decide.
Well, this weekend was interesting. Got to critter sit for the most part. The water trough was low, but I figured whatevs, I'll let it get lower then wash it out and refill. Easy peasy. So while waiting on the ponies to drink it down more I messed with Peanut.
Ive "blanketed" peanut several times now. I took a video yesterday that shows just how much he cares now. Which is great. I also videoed me picking up all his feet with NO fuss at all what so ever, but I didn't realize how close cropped the video was (I tied the phone to a post, so forgive me please) so when I reviewed it I just cut that out because all you could really see well was me picking up his fronts when those were really a problem in the first place. He is pretty good with me next to his butt now, you can see in the blanketing video, before he would swing his rump away vs standing still.
Catching wise. Yesterday I caught him completely with no bribes used at all. He has started to walk up to me willingly in the pasture as well. Of course he also discovered the deliciousness that are sugar waffers. He has also graduated from having a longe line as a drag line to just his standard lead rope (for back yard time, not in the pasture) And also as far as catching goes, Shane was able to walk right up to him and catch him yesterday as well which is great because he the other time or two he wanted absolutely nothing to do with him even with a bribe and Shane hadn't tried again until yesterday when I asked him to. But Shane walked right up to him, picked up his line, and that was it no problems.
I know all in all these arent "impressive" mile stones, but I think for only being able to get out on weekend and sometimes every other weekend he is opening up really well.
Now as far as the water goes. End of day yesterday i dump out what was left in the troughs, asked Shane to turn on the water in the house (The shut off valve is in the house) and Got nothing. No water. The piped busted up near the pool shack, just broken clean off. Luckily enough we managed to scrounge up enough hoses to reach from the house to the pasture, if only just barely. So I was able to wash out the troughs and refill them. Now my mom needs to get a plumber out but the horses will be good for several days at least.