When Hugo first arrived, we had a bit of trouble getting him
into the trailer and then out again at the other day. He was completely baffled
by the ramp and it was in the back of my mind that at some point I would need
to take care of this for him so he became more confident with what he was
I have a long thin pedestal that has been used as a seesaw
in the past, which I have put on a track near to where the horses are grazing
at the moment. A couple of days ago, I asked him if he could try and walk over
the pedestal. His answer was a resounding 'No'. He has this ability to plant
himself with his front feet splayed out and it's fairly clear what his mind is
thinking. So, I was standing there figuring out how to get him to move, when
Shaun appeared from his hay pile in the barn and bit Hugo’s backside, making him
leap over it. I was a little surprised and then even more surprised when Shaun
wandered around the back of Hugo again and pushed him back over the pedestal
again. This went on for a few more goes and Hugo got less reactive while I was
literally a bystander holding the rope! Hugo was eventually able to walk
over it without Shaun driving him.
The next day Hugo was loads better about stepping over the
pedestal, although he didn’t want to stand on it. There I was again, devising a
plan for how to help him, when Shaun emerged from the barn and stepped up onto
the pedestal. There he stood while I asked Hugo to try and move one foot onto
the pedestal. After a while he figured it out and was able to stand up next to
I am totally blown away with how much Shaun is helping Hugo.
His patience has really impressed me – long may it continue!