Both Paco and Thunder have been wearing a halter - Thunder is roughly leading - Paco gives to the pressure very nicely and last night gave his first couple steps forward.
When I put the blue halter on Paco, this time I got to put my arm over his head (slowly) and slip it over his nose. Yippee!!!
Thunder isn't to that point yet - he still doesn't like my body beside his. We have been working on me getting to his side, and him not moving, and he is doing good. He gets wither scratches and I back off quickly to let him think about it. So this is one of the yo-yo's that Brian told me about....little by little each one will do something better than the other, then they will catch up and pass each other in something else. He is so right! :-) (Yes dear, I said you were right! Ha!)
PACO: "I challenge anybody to find a color that I won't look good in. Except yellow...I just don't think yellow will go with my golden hue."
(I am trying to remember...but I think Terry got Paco a bright blue halter)
Paco was feeling pretty good in this new color, so he gave me a little look one direction....
Then he gave me a little head tilt to the side...
Then he wanted to try the t-shirt shot....from down below looking up...
PACO: "How you doin'?" (say it with a little tude and this is what Paco was looking for)
I didn't get good pictures of Thunder, but Paco didn't mind. He says this entry is about him. :-)
Both boys are doing great, they have finally taken treats from me, so life is good. I break up alfalfa cubes - they make great healthy treats.
Funny on Paco. He still tries to throw in the "I can care less if you live or die" attitude and just won't give humans the time of day unless you make him. I am finding him peeking at me more and more, and last night was the best!
The night before I was trying to get him to sniff the alfalfa cubes and he just was not going to do it. I wish you could see his expression and watch him turn his head - just like a spoiled little kid. One night I wanted to know how far he would go to NOT look at me. I would take baby steps one direction and he finally had his nose touching his belly! No joke! I can't help but laugh. Anyways, I got the cube up to his lips and he was not going to open them, so I wiggled it in and got to his teeth. I wiggled it some more and those lips started moving lightly, then he must have gotten a taste of it because he tried to give the innocent look as he took the cube and chewed it. It took a couple of "wiggle thru the lips" times before he thought he might want to come to me to sniff another one.
Both boys are very gentle when they take them.
The thing is, I could probably get Paco to do anything I want because he tolerates things so well. I don't want him to tolerate - I want him to get to the point where he really knows it is okay, and he is getting there. I have had to stand back and take a look at what I was doing to try and figure out how to best reach my goals. That is one of the many things that is so great about these guys. I learn...I have a class room right in my front yard and it is up to me to learn to make things as easy as possible for them to learn. Yep, life is good....
Until later...Karen and Tripp