We were going to go outside his pen for the first time today, but we need to get the leading thing down better, we are getting there, but not quite far enough just yet. But I took his blanket off today which he was fine with and I brushed him all over, he seemed to enjoy it. Then we switched halters to my rope halter which unfortunately has a rope attached that I can't get off and it's not as long as my cotton rope so I ended up just tying that around his neck and using the cotton rope. We practiced backing up and coming forward, and disengaging the hindquarters. He was very attentive and cooperative today. Did a couple easy laps when I went to put the blanket back on but then stopped and I was able to touch him with it and he stood still while I set it on his back and slid it around some and then put it on. I think he's figured out he stays a lot dryer with it on!
Thank you Dad for my Christmas pony!!
Here he is in his Christmas blanket.
Here is a close-up of the little white "freckle" on his nose.
Here is his brand, the clipped hair is growing back and the scabs are coming loose.
It was dark enough in the stall that I had to use the flash otherwise the pics were coming out black. He didn't even flinch. Makes you kinda wonder about his vision and if you poke your finger straight towards his eye he doesn't blink, but he seems to be able to see to read body language and stuff so I'm just not really sure. Will just have to see how it goes.