7/23/2010 - week 5
No pictures (soooo wish I had the camera with me at the time!) Monty got his first bath today! Well, sort of. No scrubbing or soap, but he got sprayed down extensively today. We had about 1 minute of heart attack and then five minutes of neck outstretched, lip wriggling "wait a minute, that feels good!" Today we had a major heat advisory today so everyone was getting a spray down to cool off this afternoon. Everyone else loved it, Freyja and Finn just close their eyes and sigh, I don't have to even catch them up, they stand in line waiting for their turn! Even Fiona seems to really like it. Claymore hates it but tolerates it. Amarea's horse Stiffler seems to like it too. Monty I had to tie, and he leaped away at first, then glared at the water for a few minutes, then stuck his face in the spray and looked perplexed. After that started on his legs, and he settled down and seemed to enjoy it. He did to a funny little pogo-hop when the spray first hit his belly (he is extremely belly shy. I think he's had a boot to the gut many, many times) but then settled down again, let his ears go all airplane and wriggled his lips. So overall, I think the hose will no longer be feared.
As far as everything else, he's really settling in finally! He's almost a true accepted herd member now - he grazes on the outskirts, Claymore only makes faces at him if he mingles too intimately, but he seems to be tolerated near anyone but Freyja (Claymore will still gnash and dash if Monty gets too close to her). He and Misty will frequently graze together now, and Finn and Monty are starting to play together a lot more. Since I frequently go out and wander amongst them with scratches and snuggles on any given day, this helps Monty see contact is good without demands being placed on him - he rarely runs from me now, though he is still hesitant about getting more than a pat on the nose and a forelock scratch. He seems to know his name now too.
I haven't rode him again because I'm starting to worry that he is even younger than I was told. His papers haven't made it to me yet, and now that he's letting me look in his mouth, pretty much all of those teeth look like baby teeth still so I'm questioning if he isn't only a two year old. Sure wish those prev. owners would get on sending me the papers! Though seeing they picked him up at Shipsy, it wouldn't shock me if they weren't falsified.
Last edited by Indyhorse; 07-23-2010 at 11:56 PM.