|Danny modeling his winter jacket|
|Me on Danny shortly after he came to live with me|
|His Handsome pose|
At first Danny and I sort of bumped heads. He was a little stubborn, and not very respectful of me. Not mean, just pushy like a spoiled child. With the help of a good friend and trainer we explained to him that disrespect would not be tolerated, and since then he has been fine. As you can see by the top picture it only takes 2 wires to keep him in and they aren't even hot or barbed.
His first winter was wicked cold. I went to the tack store and bought a special blanket for him. It has a 2 foot wide band of cloth that is attached on one side and then wraps tightly around him. It has three hooks on the opposite side which adjust. The whole thing fits like it was tailor made just for him. It was expensive but worth the money because he has never gotten tangled up in it. I can't tell you how many nights I would be out there in the snow and the wind (always windy here) crawling around under him and he would never move while I blanketed him, and I didn't even have him haltered!
In the summer he turns a beautiful Grulla color, with a stripe down his back. When he was in Oregon he had dapples, but he seems to have lost those, could be age I guess.
Danny does not do well in slick mud or hard ground. When his foot comes down it hits hard, his hoof is even a little mis-shaped from it. Hard ground seems to bother him, he will always go for soft dirt. I only let one person trim his feet. Sometimes, he needs help with his balance and lots of rest while being trimmed. It takes a person with patience to give him the time he needs. He doesn't fight but he will fall over if you don't stabilize him.
I had a vet attempt accupuncture for a while. It didn't help. Most vets say he looks great for his age. He is about 24 we think.
There is more to tell about Danny, but I will stop here today.