Roadyy, good golly. I saw the open hunk of meat on the leg and the next one with proud flesh and honestly didn't realize it was a before/after picture. That is awesome, beyond words. Hearing of the Boo's issues with ropes, trust, and restraint makes your achievement all the more impressive. Excellent, excellent job.
Well, my DW found out yesterday evening why I still do not hard tie Boo when working with him and it was a painful lesson for her.
She decided to doctor him before I got home so we could work on getting all the rotten, nail filled lumber out of the other pasture so we could turn the horses out on it. She had him hard tied to exterior of one of the stall wall boards. All was well UNTIL she went to squirt eye drops in his weeping eye. He found the end of the slack and ripped the board clear off the barn and slap her in the right ear with it as it went by her. I was on my way out there from the house when I heard the commotion. I ran to where I could see and there was Boo trotting away from the barn with board in tow and the wife sitting Indian with hand cupping her ear.
Broke the skin real good about half way up the ear to just before the canal and gave her a serious wake up call. She kept saying he had been fine all the days before with being tied like that. I explained until he stops head jerking completely while being tied to be worked on then he should never be hard tied.
She always tries to one up me and this time it cost her. I guess she thought he was letting her hard tie him because he " loves" her, haha. He had just been worked with enough to the point he wasn't finding the end of the lead before I could settle him down while NOT being hard tied just in case. I must admit that I did give her a ribbing for not listening to me about how to handle the horses, with a smile as she sat there in pain.
This morning while she was making my breakfast and lunch I kept leaning to her left side to talk to her and that really got her goat...I CAN HEAR out of that ear, it just hurts.. I asked if she wanted me to kiss it and make it better.
My rib hurts a little now.