Sitting here typing this update, I am really kind of bummed. Honey Bandit has avoided getting cast for almost one week. It was his longest span of not getting stuck. Then, just 10 minutes ago, HB got himself stuck in a very very bad way. It took both Matt and myself to "unstuck" him (ha ha) and he is up eating and feeling fine. Didn't bother him a bit. I also wonder, and we are going to keep track of this, if it is just coincidence that after he plays hard and gets tired, he seems to get stuck later that day/evening.
Honey Bandit, DaBubbles and Patches got to run and play in the big area today. I thought that HB was going to run for hours, but instead he played for a good 15 to 20 minutes. He ran and slid and chased the little guys around in the mud. He also had his first "little stallion" moment. Wah...... He did the nose dip in the mud and sniffed and curled his lip and I have a feeling he was enjoying the fact that there are two fillies normally living there.
I was a little bit disappointed that he pooped out so quickly, but he sure had a great time while he played. He seems to be thriving in other areas. He is growing and getting lots of attitude. It is kind of strange, it is almost as if all the time he was sick has been erased from his brain, and he is having flashbacks to his life before. He gets startled by things that you wouldn't believe he would ever react to. All the time we climbed over and around him, stuck him, put leg warmers on him, moved him, covered him, strung him up in his sling, and did every other thing you could imagine,.......well you would think that nothing would startle him. But he is scared of plastic bags. Hmmm, we know what those remind him of. He is also more worried about things over his head. So I guess we are kind of almost starting with a "wild colt" in some ways. Obviously he is getting more of his memory back. With Chilly Pepper, our first "miracle mustang", who was born in the wild but rescued at about 3 days old, she never had anything scary happen to her, so there was nothing scary to remember. I was kind of hoping the other memories would stay away and he would only remember the safe and secure part of his life. But he is smart and will do very well.
He is awfully cute when he prances through the yard, looking for anything to give him an excuse to "spook". It is so obvious that he wants a reason to jump and be silly.
I would like to say thank you to our wonderful donor who painted the fabulous Honey Bandit Chair. It is at the Barn Bum in Palo Cedro and is adorable. More information on that coming soon.
Well, we are trying to get ready for Phoenix. Will write more later. Hugs from Honey Bandit.
Chilly Pepper Miracle Mustang
30027 State Highway 44 East
Shingletown, CA 96088