First thing I did was go back in the pen and put a halter back on him. I simply repeated the rope on the pole trick and then after he was settled in the temporary halter, I put on a nice new blue halter that fits much better. Almost a little small, but there is no way he will get a hoof through the nose band. I just played with him a little bit and then started teaching.
I worked a few more horses – even my home bred half Arabian 2 year old. Corey puts River to shame. River is hot and in a hurry. Very sensitive and not nearly as thoughtful. But I swore if I was going to find time to work a wild horse, I was going to make time to work with my own 2 yr old. It is an interesting comparison.
It is amazing how even that can turn into a small training session. Jonah, our Golden retriever was hanging around and Corey is very curious about a Dog. But Joe is not so sure about letting this horse touch him. And when Corey pushed his nose towards him, Joe stepped back and bumped into the trash can – making a clanging noise. Corey flinched and stepped back a few steps, but did NOT bolt or drag me away. Just a light pressure on the line and he stopped and quickly recovered. In the end, he was sniffing Jack – who was sitting on the grass under the tree. It really felt like a family moment. He enjoyed the grass, but finally started to look a little stressed with all the things going on. And as I went to walk him back to the stall, having Joe and Jack behind him was too much. But still he didn’t bolt, he just was worried, and pulled a bit and wanted to turn around. No problem, I sent Jack and Joe out in front of us, and then Corey was More than willing to walk back to his stall – where dinner was served.
All in all, it was an AMAZING day. Jack keeps looking at the photos and videos and asking Did we do ALL this TODAY??? We went from putting the halter on, to leading, to wearing a saddle blanket and accepting girth pressure, to walking out of the corral and learning to lunge on a line. Then we worked on brushing and picking up feet and ended the day with a walk on property and hand grazing. That is a TON of progress. These are just incredible horses.