Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Missoula, Montana - Transplanted from Anchorage Alaska
MLS, I agree with everything you said, but I think you misunderstood one thing. I only 'showed' him the brush about 3 weeks ago and he freaked out so I put it away. It was only yesterday I brought it back out again and worked with him enough that he finally let me brush his face and left side with it for a total of about 3 minutes.
You made my point exactly about being my being able to at least touch him. Here is what I DO EXPECT from him:
1. He must be respectful and never show signs of aggression towards me.
2. He must not be destructive and/or tear up fencing, stalls, feed/water containers, etc.
3. He must not be cruel to my other animals. (We plan on getting 2 more horses in the spring)
4. He must let me take care of his medical/personal hygiene needs (ears, eyes, nose, teeth, feet, etc.)
5. I need to be able to approach him should he ever injure himself or need medical attention, especially in an emergency (exactly what MLS said).
These are the only things I expect from him. If he gives me more than, then great. If not, then he will just be my 2000-pound, big hairy brown, hay-burning, manure-making pasture ornament. (although I believe he will be so much more given the chance)