I know that you are all wondering how the wee man is doing these days so I thought that I would give a bit of an update. As you know, previously he was testing a few boundaries. I had to go away for work for a few days so I made sure that we had a repeat lesson before I left. There was a mild bit of testing that I dealt with and then he was a model citizen.
I was away for five days in Des Moines Iowa. On monday I arrived home fatigued and jet lagged. But I went out to the barn as soon as I dumped my suitcase. Both Irish and Steele greeted me. There's nothing like a welcoming nicker from a horse to make you feel good about yourself. I took Steele out to groom him and he was as good as gold: lifting his feet when I ran my hand down his legs and said 'foot'. As my mother would say 'butter wouldn't melt in his mouth'.
This has been going on since I came home- respect for my space and sweet as pie. Today when I came home from work I was surprised by my husband building me some cavalettis in the barn. It was an interesting tableau: Ed with the power saw out in the aisle making the cross pieces. Being carefully supervised by Steele. It was quite cute the interest he was showing in the whole process. The air compressor, power saw, hammering, drilling were not an issue. My husband is doing a great job sacking out the horses, all unconscious. I took Steele out into the cross ties and again he was perfect. Even with all the ruckus. What I love is how brave he is in the face of stuff- being curious rather than freaked out.
I am keeping this post so that when he's bad again- I can look back and remember why I decided to get a baby. :)