We took Goldie out on the road today. Apparently he and Honey partied in the pasture last night because he kept falling asleep for the first quarter mile.
He woke up well when he realized that someone was going along with us. A friend was there and she rode her QH along with us. Goldie had a few reminders today. We did a couple of stand at the halt exercises. He did spook a little when a truck came up behind us and passed us by. The truck did not slow and Goldie jumped a little and swung his head. I would have too, considering the darn truck was only a couple of feet away from us going at 35 mph! It did stop about 50 yards ahead of us, presumably to make sure the horse didn't actually spook and run out of control. I appreciated that, though I don't know what he could have done if Goldie was out of control. Our friend on horseback would have been our only outside help. Fortunately nothing bad happened. On the way back we did another halt exercise and the rider went on ahead. Boy, did Goldie act up! He absolutely did not want that other horse to get back to the barn first. Lesson two was that he went when WE said he could go. He was second to arrive at the barn so lesson three was that it doesn't matter who gets there first, the barn is still standing and the hay is still good.
We took Honey into the wash rack for another desensitizing session with the clippers and her ears. We fed her carrots while holding her ear and rubbing the running clippers on her jaw. She did OK but needs more time. More carrots and more love pats.