Instead of waiting till Thursday after work and having to shift around some of our plans for Thurs & Fri, I asked if after dinner would be better...since I don't need hours on end at the moment, just some time with him to bond, I would get at least an hour before sunset and then I have lights too at the barn.
Bad part of big pastures with one in/out gate - I had to hike all the way out and around to where the boys were hanging in the pasture and grab Prophecy. We walked back in together, and then I tied him up to groom. He stood very nicely, let me touch everywhere, picked up all four feet and clean them, out, and brushing. We did fly spray, main & tail detangler spray and combed out the knots. He was a little 'protective' of his tail being messed with, just super clampy to him, so I will take it slow and get his trust on that.
|Way out there with the boys|
|Walking back to the barn|
We hung out and had some exposure to the dogs running around barking trying to get him to throw a stick :) then we went to the round pen. I pushed him to move a few times (halter/rope off), then sat down on the ground to a result I know well of Saga babies!
|Cleaned up and looking sharp|
|Just hanging out|
|On the move in the round pen|
|Coming to say hi while I am sitting on the ground|
I moved him a little more, then asked for him to come over and then we walked around together without halter/lead on.
I took him back out to the pasture, but he went to see the two in the side pasture while I knew he wanted to the big one. So decided to walk out there, I called him to follow, and he did! I walked him towards the hill when he realized where he was and could run off to be with his buddies again :)
|Just observing after I removed his halter/lead|
|Leaving the side field to come follow me|
|Finally realizing how to get to his herd|
I am very happy; he has a solid & friendly mind about him - just what I need right now. Hoping to do more "work" this weekend and get him on a line, maybe even see if my saddle remotely fits!