Roslyn went and applied medication to Bugs today. Bugs is a mess and even SWMBO agreed so he must be bad. She will visit daily and apply soothing ointment to his face untill friday then I'm taking him to the vet. He needs to have something to take the itch out and have time to heal. No riding for a while but he will be at home for four days so I will have time for some ground work.
And TJ how do I know my horse is showing me affection. And I don't give treats. I stoped doing that after Savannah tried to bite me for not having a treat for her. Treats are thrown into the feed bucket or placed on the ground.
Affection, they stand by me head down and back leg raised in a relaxed stance. They allow me to ride without objection. They don't bite me, kick me, or buck. But most of all they follow me around, that tells me he is happy to be with me and trusts me.
The sure fired thing is when I am leaning on him, arm around his neck and he lifts his front hoof and plants it on my foot with just enough weight so I can not get my foot out.
Then swings his head around, looks at me, then lifts his foot off of mine.
At that moment I know he has just shown me affection.
Nah, it was my cursing and threatening to get 12gage out and exercise him that made Bugs move his hoof. But the one thing I do know is if I pushed or tried to wiggle my foot out from under he wound have applied more weight, and he would have only been playing with me.
Affection from a 1400 pound horse can leave a lasting memory.
Cheers all and get out there and ride for the summer is heading my way.