Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
So, here's what happened. I texted the BO at like 3 to just give him 1 flake of hay instead of two for dinner, and then I went out at about 6 when he would normally get turned out, and worked with him on the other flake. I mostly just tried to piss him off, to see if I could piss him off; I mess with him, messed with the hay, took it away, backed him up, and when he wouldn't back up I stepped over it so he couldn't get around me....nothing. I could have probably run around him in circles screaming and he wouldn't have cared at all. So its either his grain or his stall that he gets so protective of.
Anyway, I let him eat about a half of the flake before turning him out. I then gathered the rest of the flake and to put out with him, and then at a spur of the moment decided I was just going to free lunge him, or see if I could get him to free lunge, on his quarter of an acre pasture. I actually expected him to just run the fence line and stop when he was far enough away from me. Nooope, he actually started circling me in a really nice 10 m circle. The only problem is he wouldn't turn in a smooth motion like he usually does in the round pen---he would stop and turn in to me, then I would have to bother him with the whip to get him to turn all of the way. Still, I was very impressed. He did try once to do an unsolicited turn around....I cracked the whip and he turned in, pinned his ears, and gave me a little bunny hop, and then when I waved the whip again, he turned around and resumed his circling.
I will definitely try for a repeat tomorrow or Wednesday and get video!