He's doing great! Right now he is "stealing" Misty about once every three days, and Claymore goes to retrieve her and chase Monty off, but other than that no more tussles in the pasture. Working on getting him used to sprays because he REALLY doesn't like it. He's coming along! I'll post pictures this afternoon!
Well, according to the weigh tape Monty has gained about 50 lbs. He has I'd say another 50 lb at least to go. He has gained quite a bit of muscle mass, just from having pastures to run around, the boy loves to run.
He will "let" me fly spray him now. He still twitches, scritches his skin and sidesteps, but no longer paces back and forth out of my reach. He will let me brush his legs, although he still doesn't love having his feet handled, keep working on that as he is due for another hoof trim. Too hot today though! He LOVES having his mane brushed, and loves having his neck brushes, although not so fond of his body being brushed, he will tolerate it now. He will let me walk all the way around him, although he still tucks his tail when I get behind him, he doesn't try to step away.
And of course a picture update!
It sounds crazy but I swear he's grown about an inch in height too. I guess that's entirely possible, he is only three after all.
I've also found out from watching him in the pasture, the boy has some serious jump! In my front pasture I have a tree trunk down I haven't been able to remove yet - my chainsaw is only an 18 inch and the trunk is probably 3 feet thick. When he gets going on there, Monty sails over it like it isn't even there. Do hackneys ever get used as hunter ponies? I know I've seen a few hackney crosses used, but I just don't have enough experience with the hunter/jumper circuit.
I betcha he would make a great little jumper for a pony clubber. That high knee action isnt just pretty, its functional!
Thanks Corino! He is actually a very pretty mover, and while I don't know how technically correct his jumping is, it sure is pretty. I'll have to get some pictures. I know even if he was mentally ready (which he certainly isn't!) he's not old enough to start training for jumping anyways, and that's something I would have to find a trainer to work with him for, it's certainly not a skill I possess! I'm just trying to come up with some sort of ultimate for him. He's too small for me to comfortably ride very much, and I have a feeling he will always be too much of an energy man to be suitable for my therapy riding program - though we will see, again, he is young, he might grow out of it. If he doesn't end up staying here forever, I will certainly want to find him something that plays to his strengths.
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.