So, Jackson remains confined to the round pen. While the other horses relax in their pastures, he is surrounded by walls and a roof, with just a window and a door from which he can view the outside world.
He is pretty depressed about the whole thing. Lately, he has stopped meeting us at the door for his morning bucket, standing instead with his back to us and his face to the wall.
Yesterday, Brett wheeled the muck cart into Jackson's
Jackson headed to the hay bales stacked in a corner of the barn. Brett grabbed Jackson's halter from the chair outside his pen, and followed. Jackson, the easiest horse on the ranch to halter, the horse who prefers human company to almost anything else, pulled his head away and headed out the door.
Brett followed in hot pursuit as Jackson rounded the corner by the small arena. Jackson picked up the pace, bucked and kicked out. After a few more futile minutes where Jackson snatched bites of grass without letting Brett close, Brett went to plan B.
With a red bucket full of senior feed and cookies in his hands, Brett approached again. This time, Jackson allowed himself to be caught and returned. He was wearing trail boots at the time, as our farrier won't be out until this afternoon to tack on the reverse shoes. So, he feet didn't get wet. And, honestly, I couldn't blame Jackson for taking the opportunity offered by the open gate. All the running and bucking was probably bad for his feet but it made him happy. And, sometimes, that is more important.