I know that horses have great memory, Marshall's memory is no exception. One day, I was leading him in his pasture and there was a big oak branch laying on the ground. I dragged it out of the way and put it in a pile of brush. I lead Marshall back through that area and immediately he moved over to clear now the invisible branch. I had to remind him that I moved it and it was okay to walk into it. His memory amazes me, and I'm really glad that he has a really good mind; this will help him throughout his life. There is a set of double gates and for him both gates need to be open wide, otherwise he'll run into it. He's trusting me more and he actually followed me through just one open side of the double gates. Because his eyes have gotten worse, his trust in me has become a real necessity.
You would think with lack of sight he'd be quiet and calm. For the most part, he is, although he does have opinions and his anxieties can run a little high especially at Breakfast and Dinner time. He'll chase some of the horses during those times. The horses understand that he is having a hard time and allow it. This part is interesting because he and Buzz will usually be allowed to act out. On the other hand, Jazz isn't allowed at all to be like Buzz and Marshall, They put their foot down and say "NO" very loudly. They know what's good for one horse and what isn't for another. Personally, I think it's becoming a habit for Marshall and I do tell him to knock it off and go to his grain pan. I've tried to reason with Raz to not let Marshall get away with this, but no luck so far. I'll just keep doing what I'm doing and hope that the others will see I'm right?
Marshall's eyes aren't slowing him down. He tries very hard. With every step he takes there is a bit more trust in me and more confidence in himself.