Here’s an update on horse 117, Little Man, who is being gentled by his foster/trainer:Little Man has come a long way since his arrival to our barn. Upon arrival he was understandably scared,timid and full of flight/survival instinct. Even an accidental touch of my hand when taking a treat was too much for him.
As of today, he’s walking up to me and a few occasional strangers to take treats. If I ignore him, he’ll cautiously check my pockets for treats. We are working on his sensitivity to any and all pressure. He has learn to walk towards or stand still when nervous get a treats. He loves when you ask him if he wants a cookie. He processes everything and loves to yawn and make funny faces. Each day you can see him trying very hard to please.. he enjoys listening to us talk to him or around him. He truly doesn’t have a mean bone in his body and is getting very close to accepting to halter. He knows his name “Little Man” and loves to be told he’s a good boy.
I’ve introduced the ball to him as a way to have something safely in his blind spots. Here he is processing after he scared himself when he moved the ball.