Okay, so Ablaze is a stallion, and he is being raised by a teenage mother, who doesn’t exactly set up boundaries for him. Tardis is very easy going, and never tells him off.
So, he was about fourteen days old when I had a couple of days where he constantly reared up against me. I kept pushing him away, not so hard that he would fall, but enough to make him understand that I don’t want to be around him if he behaves like that. The very old, very easy, ‘Go away and don’t come back until you can be good.’
It worked like a charm, actually it’s been almost a week since he reared up against me. It has also been almost fourteen days since my boyfriend has been by the stable, because he has been studying. Needless to say, Ablaze instantly tested him.
And tested him.
(No, he does not fall, his balance is perfect…)
And tested him.
For about an hour straight, he kept coming back, trying just one more time…
All the while, I must admit, I am impressed by the stamina, the stubbornness, the powerful spirit of such a young boy.
If anyone wonders, by the way, Ablaze has a bit of nerve damage in his face, making his lower lip dangle. It is caused by his birth, and the fact that he was far too big to be squished through his mother’s narrow pelvic. It has corrected itself a lot, but when he is tired, it still hangs rather loosely. The vet is not worried, she says it will correct itself, and I believe her.
So, once again, isn’t he wonderful? Here I was, thinking that Apocalipse had spirit and stallion-temper when he was a foal, and he did. Big time. But, he was never as stubborn as Ablaze, never as persistent. Apocalipse’s mother told him off. I am realizing now, how much Amalia helped me raise him and how much Tardis is not helping me raise Ablaze. Trust me, the mother of the foal is the most important thing in the world, because the foal copies and respects only her at first.
Still, I refuse to fight me little superstar on this, or on anything else. We take it easy, and work our way through it, while I am secretly waiting for my boyfriend to finish his exams and come by more often, so he can entertain the foal while I train Tardis. All things start with her.