I am completely smitten. Jude is a laid back, gentle soul. He has taken quite a liking to one of my daughters, and he is clearly drawn to her over my other children, ironically(or possibly not), this daughter has emotional disabilities. In only two weeks he has gotten to a place with her that I have never been able to reach. My daughter is a child who lacks any kind of emotional control and very little physical restraint. The second day that Jude was here, she sat in his hay pile within the paddock for well over an hour. Jude munched around her, occasionally he would attempt to groom her hair, but mostly he would only pick up his head and touch it to her, then go back to munching. A child that most times finds it impossible to sit still, sat almost completely still with him for 2 hours. He follows her around the paddock and ignores carrots to be near her. He appears to be quite sound, though he arrived with shipping fever, which I expected and have successfully treated.
The proprietor of the kill pen was quite sure that someone had loved Jude very much and our transport was very much in agreement. It is very difficult to know where to start with him though, as we are unsure of what he has seen and what he hasn't. He doesn't not appear to spook easily. On a leisurely trail walk last weekend, he only had issues with running water under a small bridge. I was unable to tell if it was the bridge or water that scared him. Though he did not rear or buck, only tossed his head about to make me aware that he was uncomfortable. He tacks fairly well for grooming, though becomes impatient to return to the mare who came with him, but is owned by a friend of mine.
Speaking of the mare, she is incredibly food aggressive, do you have any suggestions to nip this in the bud before it gets any worse? Instead of getting better with a reliable schedule of feeding, she seems to only be getting more moody about it. She is not above biting, bucking, and kicking, so I would hate to see another horse get hurt.
Jude has been walked with a pad on his back, which he excelled at. We also sat my youngest daughter on him after he allowed weight successfully, without even flinching at all. He seemed to take it all in stride, though we kept it a very brief exercise as to not push our luck. Would you have any other suggestions? He appears to be very willing to please. Our hope for him is that our children will be able to ride him in parades once he is old enough for the weight and show him at local fairs as part of 4H. He is not registered, that we know of.
I told myself not to babble and gush, but as you can see I couldn't help myself. I do apologize for taking up so much of your time, I am just so excited to share my boy. I have attached pictures, as you can see Jude has a very identifiable marking within his blaze, perhaps you have seen him before or may have some information as to where he may have come from. I will happily accept any kind of advice, feed thoughts, saddle suggestions, anything to give this sweet boy the best life he can have. Thank you so very much for your time!