I brought out his curry comb and tried to brush him while he ate. Initially he'd move away from me. As the days went by he stood still and today I'm able to touch and move around him again without any issues.
And that's a good thing because Bob and I have plans. It's time to go back to work. We haul out to start lessons next Monday with my Frainer (friend and trainer). We've signed up for a sorting practice the following week. We've got places to go and things to do.
I once again greet Gus with the same, "Hi Gussie" as I used to.
Gus is lonely. He has always lived here with other horses and you can tell he doesn't understand why he's alone. I know that Gus isn't a bad horse and I know that horses sometimes kick, especially when there is food in the proximity. It doesn't excuse what happened, it's just the fact.
Gus is the kind of horse that cannot share a confined feeding area with other horses; however, does fine in a field where they all have space. These are things I should have thought about when I put Poco in with Gus to share that large stall.
Where we go from here...we will be making some changes. Just as others are doing, we are re-defining our priorities.
As spring approaches we will be looking for a good home for Gus. It's important to us (and part of our responsibility as horse owners) to ensure Gus goes to the best home we can find. The type of home I'd like to see him go to will be one that has pasture space where he can co-exist with other horses without conflict.
My husband has expressed an interest in riding and taking lessons. Our goal will be to have two saddle horses here at home. Bob and a replacement for Poco. This will allow us to haul our horses with us on weekends without having to still leave someone back at home and deal with the hassle of feeding arrangements, etc. It will have a positive impact on not only our budget but our pastures.
Where we go from here has taken some time to determine and on all accounts it's not going to be easy. But I think in the end, it's the right trail for us to take.