My horse is almost 9 years old now. Every spring, he seems to have acquired some new sense of maturity. Yesterday, we were practicing our jumping skills. I had set up a small one stride cross rail combination with the intent of trying to get him to jump a little neater. I'm not sure what, if anything, I was thinking, but I brought him to it crooked, without enough impulsion, and with striding that forced him to leave long. He jumped awkwardly over the outer part of the first crossrail, took a stride from hell and then proceeded to jump practically the upright instead of completely running out. End result was me on his neck with one stirrup. Now he could have, and probably should have, given me the finger in any number of ways and deposited my middle aged butt on the ground. Instead, he shifted his weight under me to help me stay up there and proceeded to canter the most balance soft canter he has ever done while I worked on getting myself back together. I cannot think of a time I have ever been more impressed with him.
Two years ago he was dirty stopper and would run out whenever he chose. Now he's saving my butt like a champ. I really love that horse!