We still didn't get a chance to go to the roundpens today. I lunged Leroy in the arena, he was very good in the stall not as jumpy. I brought a saddle pad out with us and sacked him out. He was totally fine with it, you can tell he has done this before. He wasnt jumpy at all, untill I threw the blanket on the ground, then it turned into a big scary monster Once we were done working with that I took him back into the stall and attempted to take his temp. Soon as I touched his tail he clamped it down, I tried scratching his but to get him to lift his tail. That worked, untill I poked his butt with the thermometer then he was like ohemgee. He jumped forward and started wishing his tail violently. His expression was "Did you seriously just try to sick that there?!?!".
I also tried picking up his feet, his front feet were fine but the back was a completely different story. He tried kicking me a few times and I stood up and kicked him back. He slammed into the wall making all kinds of noise. Art O'Brien came over to help me. He suggested I use a rope and loop it around his hind leg down to his pastern. Then stand by his shoulder and pull his foot up and hold it there untill he stops kicking at it. It took a few times each foot but eventually he stopped kicking at it. Im going to go back to the barn after classes and continue working on showmanship, picking up his feet, stall catching, and sacking out.
I helped Julie braid her vanner today, he looks so cute. She was currying him and he makes the funniest expression! I will post some pictures of him braided and enjoying being curried later. Tomorrow I have my stall watching test, wish me luck!