Was a wonderful day for Honey Bandit. He is coming back to life with a vengeance, and Lord help anyone in his way.
We started the day doing a little bit of "feet work". Just lifting his hooves for a few minutes. No biggy. Just want him to understand that every time I pick up his foot he doesn't need to lay down and getting him ready for trims etc.
He did very well and I was quite pleased. However, then we moved on to phase 2, which was working around his groin, in between his back lets etc. Well let me tell you what he does when you annoy him. HE REACHES DOWN AND BITES YOUR LEG. Yeah!!!!!!!! How awesome is that. He reacted JUST LIKE A WILD COLT SHOULD.
Of course we aren't going to encourage that behavior, but I was impressed enough to laugh/cry with excitement. So I admonished him ever so gently with tears of joy in my eyes, and continued our little lesson. This time he reached down and nipped my hand. Now these are not painful bites, nor do they break skin or even leave a mark. But they are certainly what a "normal" baby would do. Honey Bandit is coming back to life!!
We also had lots of excitement after that. Today, for the very first time ever, Honey Bandit and Patches got to play together without any leads on. They were monitored very carefully before we let them do this, and they seem to be a perfect match. That definitely warms my heart as neither one of them had a buddy before today. It is beautiful to watch them together. They ran around bucking and whinnying and pretty much were inseparable.
I tried to upload the video, but of course it didn't work. Will figure it out soon I hope. I cannot believe how fast he is progressing. Sometimes it is easy to forget that there are still no guarantees, but if his spirit and heart have anything to do with it, he will be here to go to Washington.
His breathing is a little bit rapid and his heart rate was a tiny bit fast at the vet, but she thinks that could be from needing to be wormed. So we wormed him yesterday, and he is taking his meds like a good boy. So everyone just keep up the prayers and good wishes and we will take America's Poster Boy to congress and Washington DC next spring.
Right now he is lipping my bare feet before he goes to bed.
X o honey bandit