So, I have a few interesting problems with with my orphaned colt. I'll start with the background information. Mr Big Stuff was orphaned at birth. He is a healthy 8 month old Spotted Saddle Horse colt. He has been kept in a pasture with other colts his age, and he was put with an older mare for her to teach him to be a horse. He adjusted well, but this is where the problems begin.
Problem 1) He is lacking muscle for a colt his age. The mares all accept him, and he plays with the other foals, but his muscles are definitely behind others of his age. (They are definitely behind what his full older sister was at his age) We are planning on ponying him some to help make him more active. This problem isn't so serious because we have a solution.
Problem 2) He is not the least bit scared of humans. This seems like it would not be a problem, but we decided to begin teaching him some basic lunging. It doesn't matter what we try to use, he trusts implicitly that we will not hurt him. He just stands, or he will try to come over to see what we are up to. We have tried using a couple of the Parelli games with him, but he will not actually move away from us unless we touch him with something to force him to be away from us. He does the porcupine game perfectly. (my mother does the Parelli, I do not...so I would be passing an Parelli related advice to her) We even tried having someone he doesn't know attempt to have him move away. He just doesn't seem to understand. He has adjusted to horses, and he understands their body language. How do we get him to understand that we (like horses) should be able to push him away???? We even tried to see if he would move back if he was lightly popped with the whip...he doesn't.He stands looking at us like we're idiots. I have NO more ideas...so any are welcome.