Well, see, his pasture buddies are a mini mule (actually a hinny) and two miniature donkeys. He's more attached to his friends over the fence.
Today, I went down to catch him, and he saw me and neighed :P !! Of course, he was in a stall next to his friends who were neighing at me, but still, he was looking at me when he did.
I didn't use grain, in fact. I went to his side, not his head, and started petting his back, working up his neck and then to his head, so I caught him without him turning away. That method seems to work better, although he still trys to nip if he is in a situation where he wants to do something. Something I read in a John Lyons book, called, "The three second rule". If they nip you, for example, throw your arms in the air and make them think they're going to die
. Then, after three seconds, stop, and start loving on them. My mom did that when Buck reared while she was riding
, and she made him think his life was over. Then she patted his neck and got back on (because she had gotten off). I plan on eventually ponying Star on trail rides eventually, so today I figured I'd get him and Sam together to get them used to each other. But Star has the usual pony complex, or "Short man's complex".
He squealed and pawed at Sam, who did the same thing, but without the squeal. But with me between them, I managed to get them to pose for this picture:
Thanks so much for chatting with me about this, free-sprtd!!