It was great fun! Luca is really, really big, but beautifully put together and very well-mannered. After introducing me to him, I gave him a good brush with the curry comb and Charlie (my friend) followed after me with the body brush. Then I did his face with the body brush and gave him a good scratch on his chin, which is his favourite place for cuddles. He loves all attention, though - he just stands there and lets you rub and brush and give him love.
After that, Charlie showed me how to pick up his feet and I cleaned them out. I was doing his hind hoofs and he started leaning on me, being lazy, so Charlie told him not to be so silly and he stood up straight and was a good boy.
Then she gave him a going over with the fly spray, which he doesn't like, poor baby xD She puts it on her hand and rubs it gently into his face because he shies away. After that, we gave him a carrot and fetched his tack, and Charlie quizzed me on all the parts of the saddle and bridle before we tacked him up. I put his boots on and Charlie explained some of how the leg works, and all the tendons and bones and stuff down there.
After that, we headed down to the outdoor arena and she showed me all the fun stuff they can do together. He's a dressage horse, so she was doing all sorts of things. I don't remember the names of anything other than 'shoulder-ins', but he was doing all sorts of lateral work, backing up, pirouetting around his forelegs. He can't do it from his hind legs yet; they end up sort of turning about his centre of gravity xD She also showed me collection and extension and did lots of flying changes, and showed me all his paces and we talked about what she needs to work on with him and what she needs to work on with herself and didn't just show off what she can do but showed me how she gives the aids for it and stuff too.
After that, we took him back, untacked him, and gave him a wash. He's scared of the wash room, so we took a bucket down to his loose box. He still didn't like having the little sponge near his head, so Charlie told him not to be such a baby and we gave him another carrot as a reward for being brave enough to be bathed. After that, we gave him his dinner (he'd been looking at us all afternoon as if to say, "Two people and NEITHER of you have food?! Poor me!") and said goodbye.
It was great fun, and Charlie wants to watch my next lesson xD Luca is so well-mannered, I wasn't scared at all. I'm terrified of animal teeth, especially big ones, but she had me sticking my thumb in his mouth to get the bit in and all ^^ He did what was asked of him when you asked it, and if he got in your way you just gave him a gentle push and he stepped right out of the way.
All in all: LOADS OF FUN