Yup! Jackson's favorite treat. He is notoriously picky. Picky about his bucket of vitamins, picky about taking meds, picky about treats, picky, picky, picky. Brett had picked up a box of Good & Plenty and I found them stashed in the truck yesterday before our lesson. Jackson had actually eaten, (and liked!), some sample treats I got with a mail order a number of months back that had anise in them. I had been sure he would hate them since he only likes Mrs. Pasture's cookies. Period. But he liked the anise ones. So, I took a Good & Plenty with me down to the pasture when I took his blanket off. He sniffed it and rolled it around in my hand for quite a while before very daintily and carefully taking it between his lips. He bit down.... bobbed his head... bit down again... bobbed less and then closed his eyes and chewed. As I was leaving, I looked back and he was working very hard to get to the pieces stuck to his teeth. So, before loading him in the trailer for our lesson I gave him two more. He ate those lickity split.
Usually when we take a lesson, I turn Jackson out in the round pen with a hay bag while we wait for Brett and Flash to take theirs. Yesterday, there was a horse already turned out there so I tied Jackson to the trailer instead. He was NOT pleased. He called and called to Flash (who never answered). He swung his butt so he was standing sideways against the trailer and let loose with a very loose poop. Right in front of the tack room door. Thank you so much. I think he called and worried the first 30 minutes of his time at the trailer before settling down enough to eat.
|"Why am I here? Where is Flash? I want to go home!"|
|"OK, fine, be that way. I'll eat just to make you happy."|
I'm giving him today off. He earned it and I don't want to overdo it with Brett's saddle. It's a warm, blue sky day so maybe this afternoon I'll give him a bubble bath and trim his mane.