This has some disadvantages since if he chooses to leave and not come back there is nothing I can do other than make sure that he can see that I am available! I am therefore completely reliant on his interest in food. His owner tells me that she had tried to tempt him with all kinds of food before he came in but to no avail. I think the difference is that I have added the click and switch from food as a bribe to food as wages. I would never advocate depriving a pony of food (or water) or even under-feeding him but I do think it is important not to overfeed or over heat a pony so that he retains the natural level of interest in food that you would expect of a trickle feeder. He never gets hard feed unless he is working but he does get plenty of hay.
|Grooming on his right hand side - a no go area when he arrived|
|After applying baby oil I am hand grooming his tail which he seems to love|
|Picking out his easiest foot - he is so unconcerned that he continues to eat his hay|
|His second easiest foot - he thinks he needs to keep an eye on me|
|His first right foot - a little more tense|
|His back right foot which used to be 'private' and he just keeps an eye on me again|