First I'd like to say hello to everyone! I have been so busy lately with school and friends and life in general that I haven't checked in for a while. I hope everyone is doing well! The boys are doing great, and Melino is finally progressing in his training to become acart goat. Yesterday I snapped a few pictures of Melino by myself with my new wide angle lens. Today my mom took a few pictures of both of us. He is doing fantastic! I have been attaching the front of his harness (I still don't know how to get the whole thing on properly) to a plastic sled, and slowly adding things with weight to it. Yesterday it was a big pumpkin, and today he pulled a 20 pound bag of kitty litter (lol) for about 20 minutes. He acted like it was nothing and was so focused and in a great mind set. I think he really enjoys the sense of purpose he has when pulling something. He was a little jumpy the first few sessions with the (empty) sled, mostly because it makes a loud, unpleasant noise when it goes over blacktop, but now he is cool as a cucumber, and actually helps me put his harness on by positioning himself in front of the sled and lifting up his feet over the rope with very little prompting from me. Here he is all ready to be tacked up. He knows that once his halter goes on, it's time to go to work! Mr. Big-Nose Oh, come now Melino! This is no time to go to sleep! Isn't he pretty? And we're off! I am still leading in front of or next to him. He isn't quite ready for me to be in back steering him. Then he gets it in his head that he wants to go that way. He can be stubborn, but I never let him win. After a quick tug he decided to follow like a good boy. And here are some pictures my mother took with him pulling the kitty litter. Don't mind me... I have been working on 4 papers all day and just got out for half an hour this afternoon to feed the goats and bring Melino for a quick pull. I have since taken a shower and look much more refreshed lol. Through the leaf pile! The leaves made quite a noise and he didn't think twice about it. Another lap around the yard And lastly, one of his stubborn fits lol! Now don't worry! I wasn't pulling on his head hard at all... I just saw the camera and pretended to put up a fight. After a gentle tug he was off again without a problem. So here is the second stage in melino's training. I really don't know if it is technically the "right" way to go about things, but he is doing great and learning fast and enjoying himself... and so am I!