Igor has made a lot of progress over the past week. As I mentioned last week, we began taking him for “walks” using a harness and leash. The first few days he was terrified and spent most of the time trying to bolt back into the office. He finally started to relax a little bit, so a few days ago we graduated from the leash.

We now leave the office door open when we’re working at the front barn and Igor explores on his own. He spends much of the time sitting right at the office door and observing the world. Over the last couple of days Igor has begun exploring the barn and even making brief trips outside the barn. He loves to pounce on little bugs in the shavings. When we’re not at the barn we shut him in the office.

Igor had his first encounter with Ewen and quickly established that he was going to be the boss of Ewen. As Ewen cautiously approached, Igor stood his ground, pinned his ears, and growled. Ewen slowly stretched and put his nose close to Igor. Igor immediately slapped Ewen on the nose and Ewen retreated. Igor seems to be a very smart cat so far and he is starting to enjoy his explorations of the outside world although the office is definitely his safe space. Igor is making progress!

the first meeting between Igor and Ewen; look at Igor’s stance and his pinned ears. Right after I took this picture he swatted Ewen on the nose and the terms of their relationship were established105-2-800x449

Igor being brave and exploring a stall1052-2-800x449

Igor briefly exploring outside the barn; he’s still very skittish about thisimg_9231-800x600


the chestnut horse club wandering through the pasture; Ripley, Walon and Wilsonimg_0020-800x600


Lily and Ewenimg_0034-800x600

MyLight and Charlotteimg_0038-800x600

Maisie and MyLightimg_0039-800x600

Renatta and Charlotteimg_0043-800x600

Traveller and Lilyimg_0052-800x600

Roho and Gusimg_3108-800x600

Cisco and Thomas napping, Moe and Homer grazingimg_3143-800x592

Trigger and Elfinimg_3144-800x600

Happy and Mielimg_3151-800x600

Mick, Digby and Paramount . . . img_3158-800x600

. . . a closer look at Digby . . .img_3160-800x600

. . . a closer look at Mickimg_3161-800x600

Hemi and Thomasimg_3181-800x600

Convey, Chance and Ciscoimg_3182-800x600

Cuffie, Dolly and Calimbaimg_3248-800x600

Silver and Flyerimg_9027-800x600

Lotus and Romeoimg_9031-800x600

Cino and Lightningimg_9180-800x600

Remmy, Hesse and Waldenimg_9190-800x600

Havana and Fabrizzio groomingimg_9207-800x600