I’m new to the forum but I’ve been studying here going on two years. My boy Mijo, I believe, is about two and a half years old maybe closer to three. He’s in a herd of seven, mostly unstarted but a few have been ridden in the herd, him and his half sister are almost the same age. He has a year younger full sister and half brother and several others in the herd. The lead mare was his mother but she was sold so his half sister’s mother is now the lead mare, at best she’s green broke, but only three of seven are our horses, none of ours are even started. Here’s the thing, I’ve got plenty of horse riding experience and even on some green horses, but I’ve never started a horse. Mijo is gelded about year now, they roam the majority of a hundred acres. They are not people shy and I can usually go up and get him to come to me. I had some great experiences with him almost a year ago, was able to do some ground work and I had something of a field join up with him, but since the herd has been moved they seem to be getting wilder and wilder though I can still get him to come to me for a rub sometimes.
We are in the process of building the facilities and my impatience makes me just want to rush out and start him but I have read and listened to all the caution blurbs about starting to learn on already trained horses before trying a raw unstarted horse. I understand the danger and take safety very seriously. I really feel confident that once the round pen is up I could start him. I’m wondering about separating him from his herd though, he seems to take the stallion role though his younger brother is uncut he’s still a bit young to challenge for the role and if I do split him out for any length of time will those challenges come stronger after I turn him back to the herd? Any advice is always appreciated!
I would echo Jo`s thoughts about how to approach your colt in the coming days with regard to his training and also leaving the herd while you work with him. I have been involved with working with horses in herd settings for 30 yrs and can pass on to you what I believe is important to keep that delicate balance alive and well.
If you can remove your boy from the herd without subjecting him to separation anxiety, that`s a huge win for you. If that isn`t the case, then try incremental steps until he is with you outside the boundary of the herd settled and happy. The most important aspect at this time would be his overall happiness and ability to relax and enjoy your company. Once you reach this point keep his lessons short and positive. Grooming and hugs would be a place to start. Ask him to give to pressure while your hugging him. If his nature is a little on the wild side regarding your closeness to him, then move more slowly, with his politeness and YOUR SAFETY uppermost in your mind. Remember your breathing, deep and slow. He will try and mimic this with his breathing , then you have the beginning of a relationship. Keep these sessions brief and to the point and then return him to the herd. If you can keep him happy with your energy of softness by being direct with your body language, he will be drawn to come to you the next time you appear in the pasture.
Tara, you have a golden opportunity to observe these horses in a pasture setting. With a little time spent on your part focusing on how they cue each other with their body language would put you in a position to perfect your body language for teaching them the ways of the human and the training that goes with being on their back and in control.
With regard about the herd hierarchy and when to return the colt to the pasture so that he doesn`t lose his place with the herd, keep the sessions short at first with the idea that you can do more than one session a day. Once the colt and the herd get desensitized to the comings and goings by you into their setting, the separation anxiety complication will be a thing of the past.
Relationship, relationship, relationship is the key, in my opinion. Spend as much times as it takes. It will be the capital that will provide a success in his training while shaping his character for the horse-human connection.
Best of luck and please keep us posted on your progress
The history of this boy lends me to believing I do need to do this in incredibly incremental steps. He was separated from the herd and taken only a half mile from them, before I was able to buy him. Once he came back to the herd the herd had changed, or was in the process of changing and he and his father Medicine Hat Diego were gelded. The herd ended up getting another couple of geldings unrelated. Needless to say Diego and the lead mare were soon sold. There was several days when after he was gelded I was able to harness him and do some ground work with the dually. The filly Bonnie is Mijo’s full blooded sister and was barely weaned when their parents were sold. I was unable to see them for about eight months but before that we had a bond I have never experienced with any other animal ever. He must of been quite upset with me not coming to see him or he forgot who I was or something because the next time I saw him he was taken out of the herd and brought to the outer pasture and he was skiddish and seemed headshy, really just wanting to get back to the herd. Then after several more months we moved them to the ranch. I barely got to touch his nose a few times since they have been here. We’re still building and developing where all the corrals and such will go. For me, I just want to be near him without putting myself in any kind of danger in the middle of a herd of mostly wild unstarted horses. How to stay safe and coax him away without the whole herd following seems unlikely... I’m going to work on it more, seems like a slow painful process to me until the facilities are in place.
One morning I was in the field with my guys. The field is by a road junction & the road is mostly hidden from us by a thick, high hedge. Suddenly I hear a car approaching the junction, where it should be stopping, at high revs & then screeching tyres & BANG! All the heads shoot up & an equine wall instantaneously blasts past me in turbo boost. The cars engine continues to rev uncontrollably. I cannot reach the accident quickly so turn to see where my guys have run to & whether or not they had run into trouble. There they were, in a line facing me & the source of their panic, less than 15 feet behind me. A trust worthy of tears.
Time & patience reap unbelievable rewards. Tara, those are 2 gifts Mijo deserves from you in abundance. Keep updating how things are going & we will do all we can to help & support you both on your journey. Cheers, Jo.
Tara, you have a place to start the process that will change the life of your young colt as well as yours. Take a deep breath, and let the GOOD TIMES ROLL
Please check in from time to time and let us know how things are progressing.
Thank you for the advice you have given Tara. This will help me in my relationship with my young gelding as well.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms who might read this!
Thanks again, I think during all this...studying and this forum are indispensable for me right now... it’s like when the student is ready the teacher will appear.
He loves carrots and apples, and tossing them out to him seems the way to go, I know better than to hand feed him. We don’t do that, as it causes them to nip and we don’t want to start bad habits. The game seems to be to get his treat to him and not let the other horses know what we’re doing... it’s fun, it seems like he knows the game already, and he knows if Red comes up all bets are off, she has pilfered his treats before but she will snark him and that scares me cause I never know which way they might go. While I trust my boy, I don’t necessarily trust the others... and Red’s pushy, not that she would intentionally hurt anyone. So he has the idea that if he lingers around after the others move off I’ll toss him a treat, sometimes I can get him to come right up to me for a rub, but then usually another horse comes up and ruins the moment. I really want to halter him and do some ground work but I want him to want to and I hope eventually he will. The dogs are troublesome as are the rest of the horses... dogs I can lock in the house, the corrals aren’t even started yet as fencing the garden comes first. I know it is an all in good time type thing but it is painful to wait... and with every birthday we get more and more grateful to have birthdays!
Unfortunately last week we lost one of the seven, the old buckskin mustang was 28, he came and let me know he was hurting, we did everything we could for him. I know the last years were the best in his life and I know too that he knew human love in his last couple years. Was touching the whole herd surrounding him almost like protecting him and saying goodbye at the same time. They really do communicate and care for each other.
This week it has been good with our three and they are starting to come to see me a lot easier. Mijo comes when I call him most of the time and now he is getting used to seeing me with the dually and a long line in my hand when he comes over and he’s not afraid of it, not quite at the harnessing point but not far from it. Still I want him to want it, not just me wanting it for him. Bonnie is the smaller dually still and wouldn’t you know when I have hers she doesn’t come over and when I have hers he or Mija will come over. Like they know already....
With the older horse passing, you were given a gift by witnessing how horses support each other in ;life. When that life is coming to an end, they draw themselves together as if to wish the horse departing a good journey into the next life. This is an ancient ritual.
Thanks for the update
Tara, I would strongly urge you to re-read what Jo writes about above. That paragraph is SO FILLED with wisdom. Please do NOT ALLOW self doubt to stand in your way of working with Mjlo. I believe from your description of Mijo`s focus on you, you have discovered the number one breakthrough needed in effective horse training. With that said, take small incremental steps with your body language while letting your circle of energy work its magic. Remember, moving Mijo`s feet in concert with the pathway of your thoughts through body language is what we are ALL striving for. You most certainly can do this without a round pen. All you need is a longer lead line. Treat this experience like a dance. The music will be listened to you at first and then by Mijo, once chorography and rthyum is established. [FORWARD,BACKWARD, SIDEWAYS TO YOU AND AWAY FROM YOU] are the directions to start with. Since there are four legs on a horse, you need to separate the movement of the front and back legs. Work on these training moves until they become fluid and you two move as one. Start on one side, his easy side first, and do not change sides until you can look at him and he can preform the movement that you have asked for with your body language and course , your thoughts. If Mijo can accomplish these movements, you will be in a position to begin transitions. We can talk about those at a later date.
Learning for the horse is the paramount direction we all hope to be going toward when training. Horses learn DIFFERENTLY FROM HORSE TO HORSE. It is our job as there caretakers to grasp on to the easiest and best way for a horse to LEARN a particular response to what is being asked of him. As a rule, I have found that horses learn faster and more completely if the lesson is #1 started on the most supple side [every horse has a side that he is more free on than the other] #2 in my experience, when teaching a lesson on movement, if we stay on the one side until the lesson is COMPLETE and the horse is moving off of your energy in the appropriate direction, before you show him the movement for the other side. We all know about the importance of balancing a horse from side to side regarding their movement, but we need to take a hard look at how the horse in front of us LEARNS. Many horses will learn faster and more completely if the lesson is condensed on the ONE SIDE.
I hope this will help you to follow-up on what you have started with Mijo. Please keep us posted.
Enjoy yourself and Mijo
...I always read the posts so many times and I find it helpful to read through others past posts as well.
Trust is the key, and this boy is so amazing. Right now I’m just tickled to have him come to me. I don’t even have to call him anymore he sees me come out and he comes to the fence. The other horses don’t do that, not constantly like he does. Yes I understand the dance, we are developing a pattern, though I think I may try to find an incremental step...something else I can do. I stay inside the fence and he, (and herd) stays outside. I trust him to a point. I do not trust the herd as I know just how dangerous they can be. I would love to halter him and refresh his ground work but I am afraid of the herd, they tend to get rather rambunctious and I have seen first hand that while they may not mean to hurt someone they absolutely could startle or get snarked by another horse and run someone over or worse. Paramount to trust is safety in my mind. I do believe even the horses understand this in a way. I believe all in good time, it will happen, and I have most of the equipment to start him, dual long lines, dually halter, light saddle, etc. so when the round pen gets built I’ll be ready.
One thing though I heard Monty say on a video the other day he doesn’t train with food, though he might let them steal a bite of sweetfeed on certain occasions. I don’t hand feed them but I have been using treats to draw him over to me, not every time, but a lot of times. I have noticed the other horses don’t come to me like he does, sometimes one or two do, but he snarks them away. He even chases Bonnie away. His little half-brother is growing up fast and they can get pretty violent it seems. Observing the herd wild out there is amazing but I still wish the day would hurry and come when I have a working horse to go out and be able to hook up the wagon or ride fences. We’ll get there sooner or later. I spend a few minutes with him a few times a day at least, though it seems really on his terms but that’s okay right now. He’s still listening and paying attention to me, so that tells me something... I’m still amazed he knows his name.
I am so-oo very happy that you are finding a way to work with Mijo. Thanks for the update.
Jo, Bud, you all and of course Monty all amaze me, I just pray to be able to ride this beautiful horse someday.
Thanks for the updates
I’m doing good just hanging out with them, mostly him, but yes the whole herd too, it’s exciting to see what progress we can make just almost without trying. I try to see them twice or if I’m lucky, three times a day and Mijo will come right up and wait for me at the fence now at those times. It tickles me to no end.
Thank you again for listening to me and putting in your words of wisdom, it means more to me than I can tell you to have this support system.
A very GOOD THING is happening with Mijo and his protection efforts of you with regard to the rest of the herd. That thought process by him will hopefully carry over to you as you tame him into your riding horse. I see this as a huge win for you. I would ALWAYS keep that thought in the back of your mind when working with him. When a horse becomes protective of his human with his herd mates, that spells of a special relationship to me.
Thanks for your posts. We are all enjoying your journey of awareness.
Grandpa is bringing them into his little place every evening and giving them a bit of sweet feed, because he was missing Red and couldn’t get near her, all the horses were getting more wild, so hopefully that will improve now for Red like it has for Mijo.
Still saving my pennies to try to get enough funds to go to Flag is Up for live courses. I want so much to be a certified trainer, but I’m not going to hold my breath, I’m a poor girl from Texas just trying to get by. Hopefully it won’t be much longer and we’ll start building the corrals and barn and such.
I feel so much more positive now than I did a couple months ago and I know it’s all going to work out in good time.
Tara, you are walking through a time in your life that you will probably never forget and your small herd of horses are leading you into a light that all of us have available for the taking but very few will respond to. Your horses are giving you a gift of education into their world and how it works. Be authentic and patient and CAREFUL and you will become a herd member. ACCEPTED BY ALL.
There is an old cowboy saying- -"MAKE A FRIEND OF YOUR HORSE FIRST AND THE REST OF THE TRAINING IS EASY"
Everyone that reads and participates in this forum is pulling for you to realize your dream, because this horse industry people like yourself that can FEEL THE BEAUTY of a give and take of relationship with horses and the MAGIC they bring into our lives.
Please keep your thoughts rolling into your written expression with this forum--they create so much conversation in our world .
My farrier was here last Friday, bringing two apprentices with him. He trims the feet in the field so my 'family' are not separated. Humphrey & Miss Moley were due to be trimmed but Kirk, Miss Moleys older brother, was in close attendance - my guys love visitors & congregate for attention. One of the apprentices attracted Kirks attention. I suppose he had used hair gel or some other hair product as Kirk was fascinated, sniffing this chaps head most intently & then pulling the face you describe. The poor chap looked most uncomfortable until he realised Kirk had no intention of hurting him & was simply investigating something new. Some people may think I'm wrong to allow my ponies such free access to investigate. We enjoy each other's close company & our trusting relationship is completely mutual. When my vet comes she loves to bring students with her so they can experience my trusting & inquisitive ponies. Cheers Jo.
Second, Jo, maybe you are right about Mateo. Still I can’t help but think this constant face he pulls is going to be an issue for whoever works with him, but perhaps it will work itself out in time and like I say, he’s not ours and G.P. (Grandpa) doesn’t seem bothered by it, or by Reds’ pushiness.
That said, now I’m come to the conclusion that Bonnie has been over-handled as a filly because she too is so pushy and got right in my face the other day and wouldn’t back off no matter how big, loud, catlike... I tried to be, she kept coming. Mijo stepped between us and I was able to go around the side of him away from her. It was a surprise moment when I happened to be going from a fenced yard to the truck where the herd was at the fence and as I opened the gate she just came not necessarily aggressive but perhaps trying to play with me? There is very rare times that I will be directly in front of any of them without a fence between and if I am I usually have the long black lead line, I didn’t have anything not even my hat. I don’t think she was intentionally trying to do anything really but it wasn’t a comfortable scene for me, but Mijo stepping in there was timely. This of course isn’t the only reason I believe she’s been over-handled and her mother taken away so early, she has some of the most beautiful conformation in a filly I’ve ever seen. Her mother was a beauty too, but wild as the Tetons are tall.. I think she knows the language but I think too she has no fear whatsoever for people nor does she view us as predatory at all. I’ve seen and hear of aggressiveness towards other animals as well.... so I have to just give this some thought and see how she does.
Today I was out of town and didn’t get back til way late, apparently Mijo made his usual appearance though I wasn’t here, and he hung out a while before wandering off grazing. He was looking for me, or for treats, but either way he’s got it down. My bet is he’ll be here bright and early in the morning..Mija came over tonight too, her leg is so much better, I haven’t seen her favor it for awhile.
We’re working on coming to a place in all this that says calm, stability, peaceful routine, just keep doing what I can for now. A portable round pen isn’t going to be my answer at the moment because it’s see-through, I think I need a corral and then a round pen....
Nothing that a bit of time, patience, and money won’t solve.
Will post more soon I think tomorrow will be even more interesting....
We are doing good the last few days. Mija was back with the herd today when I saw them. Mijo always comes to see me, no pressure just like to hang out with them. I wonder how the lead mare determines when it’s been long enough to let an errant member back in?
I am hoping this week we can start on the corral and stalls. Will post more as I can.
That was a great first ride in the marble hall at the Spanish Riding School Jo! I pray Mijo’s first time is that calm!
I’m really tickled to be able to come here and thank you for sending me to the post on trust! I learn so much from this forum, and you all are great teachers!
Trust is a huge part of all this and I have given it a lot of thought both from my part to them and theirs to me. Each horse in the herd has their place and I have mine, sometimes I think Mijo trusts me more than I trust him. I know that sounds odd, but true. I trust him more than any of the others.
Yesterday everything started fine we were all out at the fence line, Mijo, Mija, and Mateo getting treats, the others off grazing not paying attention or caring. I have been able to get Mijo to let me pet him back to his withers and back. I am sure I can touch him anywhere, anyway, when Mateo came up he demanded I give him my last carrot and of course when I didn’t do so immediately he pushed through the makeshift gate and within seconds I had the three of them in the orchard! Yikes! I had the black dually and long line in hand, my partner saw/heard what was happening and he came out to help. We herded them back out and fixed the fence. I’m worried that they might get the idea it’s ok to do that, Mateo especially.
I don’t think there is any malice in any of these horses but I definitely don’t trust the younger ones, I believe in time I will be able to trust them all, but right now I’m terrified they are going to snark each other and mow me over or worse which is why I don’t just go blast out there and work with them in the pasture like some people probably would. It just seems really dangerous to me.
We got fence panels yesterday so hopefully we’ll have some structures in place before too long. First a pen we can use as a catch pen/gentling pen, then hopefully a round pen after that. I’m excited and happy and somewhat impatient but all in good time, safety first, they are technically wild horses still.
Will keep checking in, have fun!
First, you mentioned that your are about to receive some corral panels that can be set up for a catch pen and round pen. After these are in place, you will find that your world is going to change BIG TIME. You have read in some of my post about tipping the PLAYING FIELD in your favor when working with horses. Well girl, that`s exactly what is going to happen when theses panels are in place. The trick is to slow your enthusiasm and take each moment with the horse as a treasured gift. The largest difference will be your ADVANTAGE to ask for and get your horse`s focus on you that leads to the request that might be given him. FOCUS IS THE NUMBER ONE THING OF IMPORTANCE when training a horse. Asking for and getting focus comes from fore thought and study on your part. BE A ZEN MASTER at this, because it`s the door way through which ALL OF YOUR TRAINING, if successful, must go through.
Jo talks about the importance of trust in her last post. She states trust is a two way street. You stated that at times you don`t trust Mijo as much as you think he might trust you. That could be a problem in the respect that when we trust we are saying to ourselves that we have CONFIDENCE in the situation before us. Without trust, NO CONFIDENCE. Without confidence, NO LEADERSHIP ABILITY in eyes of the horse. Leadership is KEY when training horses. I would work on trust and friendship on your part in the very first aspects of training with Mijo and before long you will be lifted up by your confidence.
Tara, you have come so far with these horses and YOUR understanding about them. Keep studying and believing in yourself. When you hit a wall of MISUNDERSTANDING have that basic trust in PLACE so that you are able to go to the horse, put your arms around it, and say "let`s start over and get this right". When your training is based on friendship. the horse will always be willing to hang with you.
Good luck and happy trails;
I feel close to Mijo like I always have, he chose me... and when he did I fell for him just as much. A lot I feel in my lack of confidence has to do with the other horses. The aggression between them seems to be centered around food and when we were feeding them in the pasture they would snark each other all over, going all directions at once. We all had “get-out-of-the-way” quick moments, they might not mean to run a person over but they sure will if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time. I’m all about safety. I trust sparingly because I know the nature of the others. One-on-one I’ve only been with Mijo and a tiny bit with Mija and Bonnie all before they were moved to the ranch. Here sometimes I can get Mijo or Mija alone at the fence but Mateo especially and Red seems to like to blow it and comes over. They want treats too, and Red’s a good girl, she’s just pushy. Even along our little fence while I know Mijo will respect the bounds the others won’t and that’s a bit scary. I try not to push my luck. The infrastructure is going to be a huge game changer.
Mijo and I are getting back to where we were before but so super slowly, I just can’t get impatient, safety and his willingness to want to work together is what it’s all about right now.
Mija has shown definitely we can be friends, I think she’s ready to practically put her nose in the harness herself...lol and she’s not afraid of me or being alone at the fence. She is afraid of Mijo and knows he will snark her so she reacts if he (or any of them) comes near.
I want to mention while they both were sired by Medicine Hat Diego, they have different moms and Red is Mija’s mother. India was Mijo’s. India was one of the most beautiful grade paints I have ever seen but wild as anything, would not let a human anywhere near her. The old Spaniard we got the herd from worked only with Mijo and then not too much, imprinted and some ground work. Mija not even as much as that. The mares/foals were opposites in personalities. I heard Diego is doing amazing in his new home, he was gelded and is very gentle and good now, India also went to the same home and is doing good.
It’s all going to be centered around the infrastructure.
The next phase is going to be amazing!
Will check in again soon.
My thoughts go back to handling unknown stallions during the breeding season and the hyper vigilance that I had to call upon during these times. A different situation from yours, Tara, but from a visual perspective, intense, for safety reasons. This exactly why I do not carry a cell phone with me.
It is so very important to slow down and stay into the moment. For instance, if you only get Mija to put her head into the halter the first few days BEFORE YOU LEAD HER OUT OF THE PASTURE and into the roundpen, consider it a win and feel great about your accomplishment.
It probably is going to be tough for you to establish much leadership while in the pasture with the other horses causing distractions. Once, out of the pasture,, that all changes. If you have watched Monty`s videos with horses that are NEW to him. You will see him greet the horse and walk away. That` s the very first order of the business of establishing leadership oh his part with that horse. He is saying to that horse, through his body language," HELLO and I am going over here . You can follow if you would like to." That gives the horse a choice, because he is free to follow or not to follow. Because of the inquisitive nature of horses and the energy flow around the human, sooner or later they WILL FOLLOW, and leadership, for the moment, has been established. This would be the PLACE TO START YOUR TRAINING. Our Native Americans became masters with this procedure.
Tara, you also need to protect yourself from the eventuality of something crazy happening while in that roundpen. You will notice that Monty ALWAYS HAS SOMETHING IN HIS HAND FOR PROTECTION IF THE HORSE SHOULD GO SIDEWAYS AND CHALLENGE HIM. You should arm yourself as well. That is also shaping your field for success while keeping you safe It will also give you a confidence.
Tara, when you lead a horse through a gate area for the first time they can erupt emotionally until they used to going in and out of that area. Be very vigilant during these times.
Please stay safe and keep us all posted
How I enjoy this thread!!! It’s so good to follow your progress, Tara and read all the great advice you get.
I’d like to add to Jo’s periphal vision: when we focus on something with our eyes, our whole body becomes more tense. When we have what Sally Swift (Centered Riding) called “soft eyes” that allow periphal vision, our whole demeanor is soft. Horses sense tension, wild horses survive only through their awareness of tension and change in their environment.
So working around wild horses with a soft, periphal vision keeps horses and human safe!
Keep the good work going!
Thank you for all the great responses! I am absolutely drinking in what you all have posted here. I read and reread, and then I go out with new things in my arsenal.
Without a doubt peripheral vision plays a good part, I first learned to use it in my twenty plus years driving truck, now I can certainly work on doing it more and better! I love the concept of soft eyes and I have been very aware lately that they are very aware of my eyes... so I have been working on concentrating on this part along with the other parts.
It all happens simultaneously and it can be hard to pick apart and describe in words that paint accurate pictures. Working on getting “big” and snapping my eyes on Mateo sending my energy out to get him to go away and even with the long line it can be a feat.
With Mija it’s not a problem she goes away easily because of this I don’t tell her to go away I try to tell her I’m not going to hurt her and I’m her friend.
Mijo, just seems really like he wants the corrals up as much as the humans do and wishes he could get more time and attention for himself ...and treats. He will go away if he knows I really want him to, but when I first tell him he always questions, l think because I’ve always wanted him and allowed him as close as he wants to be, so he has to believe I do want him to go away, then he will. He is a little spooky still particularly around Red, too he picks on Mija. Mateo is always playing with him, they are beautiful when they play.
At any rate, so far so good tomorrow is a big work day.
I’m going to work on soft eyes and posture and then the rest will fall into line. It’s like I can never get enough of just being with them. I’m planning to shoot some video as well I don’t know how I could share the video but I hope to work out the details on it soon.
Quick question, if they cur Mateo now, will Mijo always stay acting stallion and if so how will this effect training him? He has trepidation whenever he gets separated from them....
The only thing different from what you summed up is likely Mateo will be transported down the road, to the vet, then he’ll stay a few days there and when he’s past danger he’ll be brought back. So yes it’s just like you said, I don’t think it will be more than a couple weeks and then they will take him.
Observing the herd dynamics, (despite the fact that Mijo has been cut,) Mijo appears to be quite the leading male, I’ve seen him gather the herd, move them, alert them, he’s at times very... arrogant, for lack of a better word. He runs Nina like crazy, she’s terrified to be anywhere near him.
I think Diego taught Mijo, and I think Mijo is teaching Mateo. Just my theory, Mijo has always been the most personable colt, very friendly. Only a few odd times has he acted any other way, but he had a horrible experience when they cut him. I wasn’t able to be there, maybe that’s a good thing because he cannot associate me with anything that happened then. Still, I believe that he is doing the job of the stallion in the herd even though he’s not one anymore.
I hope Mateo has a better time of it than Mijo did, different situation completely, and a different vet. While he’s not ours I do have a care for him. Too he’s not been making the face lately that I’ve seen.
Hopefully we’ll have the catch pen done this week.
Thank you for your insight, I’m going to hope for the best for the little guy and all of them.