Frances’ Flea Circus

It was pouring with rain today (good for the grass but bad for The Minions).  They are still not  built for rain yet and I found them in their shed looking bored.  I don’t think they have the ability yet to stay as warm as other Shetland ponies of similar age and they always use their shed when it rains.  I will muck it out tomorrow.  Typical lazy boys – they like peeing in it.

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So with the use of a bucket of rattly food, I asked them to follow me into the indoor school where I could work with them.

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Firstly, I wanted to get them running about, i.e. active and warm.  Daisy called them “Frances’ Flea Circus”.

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They loved it and happily cantered about the school trying to play and eat each other.

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They stopped only to play with a cone.  The best toy.

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And then off they went again.

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I wanted my “Fleas” to use up their surplus energy as well.

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Then I put a headcollar on each one and did a little work like picking up feet and leading.  There was no point brushing as everyone was revolting and matted.

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I also spent time with each of them alone.  My dear little “Fleas”.  I am extremely fond of them and they have taken up a new part of my heart.  I never thought little Shetland ponies were for me but getting to know and gain the trust of these three has shown me their huge characters and generosity.

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Of course Her Maj, aka BeAnne, looked on to check I was doing my work correctly. The Minions are getting better about not chasing her, which is encouraging.  Day by day!

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