I think there is improvement.
Stardust (or Tiddlypom as he is known) is stronger, more determined and less bullied. He stands his ground and is positively stubborn, which is good. Definitely in his demeanour and attitude are changing. His spine and hip bones are less prominent under all that wool.
Tiddlypom likes his food. He will not be deterred and heads for the bowl where he will be hassled least. He does not like chaff and does like sugar beet with mix and oats, so you know but he finds barley rings difficult to eat as they need to be crunched one by one. If you have one in your pocket, he would never say no and thinly sliced carrots are an acceptable form of gratitude.
Tiddlypom likes coming up to you for kisses and is very good at leaning into you to be scratched. His greatest joy is having his bottom scratched and he will practically sit on your knee to have it done. He makes no fuss about having his rug taken on or off and stands quietly while you fiddle about with straps, etc.
Tiddlypom tolerates the others and will always follow them. He doesn’t want to be on his own and can be vocal if he can’t see the others. He thinks headcollars and leadropes are stupid. He turns into a stubborn little donkey when asked to lead nicely. If you tap his behind, he bucks about 2″ off the ground, which makes me laugh. He also bucks if the others chase him so they don’t bother with him much anymore as he is no fun and won’t wind up. Soon he will give as good as he gets.
There is definitely a glimmer in his eye now.
Best of all he knows he is loved and his confidence is building because of this.
Henceforth, for the moment, Stardust is known as Tiddlypom. He was going to be Tiddlypush until I looked that up and found out what it meant. I mean who knew? You learn something new every day!