Some new pics of the little man... His growth had me worried for a while, as he stayed basically the same height through the winter. Is that normal for babies? Anyway, we moved to Arkansas about 6 weeks ago, and since then he's been noticeably filling out and getting a bit taller. He string tested to 16 hh, but I THINK (haven't actually measured since mid-December) he's just now hitting 13 hh. Seems like he has a bit of catching up to do? Maybe I did the string test incorrectly... I'll have to check all my methods and try again.
He has been doing well with his training, and is really coming into his personality. He LOVES people, but can get a bit pushy. I think HE's realizing he's getting bigger too! So we're doing a lot of re-working the basics, I.e. Personal space, de-sensitizing, hoof handling, yielding hindquarters, etc... He is such an amazing little man-- He takes every new experience in stride! We have tried so hard to find something new that he will react to so we can get him thoroughly used to it... He doesn't mind ANYTHING!!! "Walk over a log? Ok. Go through a puddle of water? I'll play in it! Rub me down with a plastic bag? I'll try to eat it. Fly spray for the first time? Psh. No problem." He is so unbelievably inquisitive and smart!
He'll be a year old on May 15. Will be taking "official" yearling photos at that point. He still looks pretty shaggy in these pics... Nebraska was an absolute frozen ice land when we left, and Arkansas can't decide which season it is, so the ponies have held onto their fuzzy jackets a bit longer than usual this year. They are starting to shed out finally, though!
Pretty soon, Ryan plans to take him on his first trip out on the trail... He'll be leading him, of course! After he gets used to that (so after the first time!
), I'll start ponying him from Caly on our rides so he gets used to the idea of a person being above him. We'll also start lunge training him in approx. July. We will have settled into our house and hopefully have a round pen up by then! Let me know what you guys think... Any suggestions on raising the little man up right would be appreciated! Thanks!