Monday, September 14, 2009

It just keeps getting better and better with Anchor. I found some good itchy spots on his chest and neck and had him stretching out his lips in bliss. Then I got to scratch with both hands! On both sides. That's a big deal, a lot of pressure, with two hands and my body pointed directly at him. I also got to rub under his barrel a lot, and on his upper legs. He doesn't like me touching his rope at the juncture of neck and jaw. I think he's afraid I'm going to take hold of it. He also doesn't trust me enough to take a treat from my hand, but he'll eat them off the ground if I toss them to him and I'm not standing too close. He likes packer pellets and apples, but he LOVES grass. You should have seen his eyes bug out. He did take that from my hand, but bolted away like he was sure it was a trick. I can't wait for the day when he stops thinking I'm going to trick him. I promise him over and over that I won't. Wish he could speak English. But eventually he'll get my meaning anyway, if I prove it to him enough.

4 comments:

Lea and her Mustangs said...

You are doing great with Anchor. You have a soft voice and that makes a difference.

Kate said...

The slow, steady progress is a delight to hear about.

Kara said...

So great to hear that you have taken on another horse to work your magic with! Patience and understanding sure are hard to come by sometimes. You are gifted with it!

Andrea said...

Thanks! I am enjoying every minute of it.

Patience really isn't one of my strengths, but the horses have helped me come a long way on that one. There's just really no other option with a critter that's scared to death of you.