Just have to share a proud momma moment with Aires today.
I was going to ride, but am still coughing really bad and feel just drained (I have bronchitis, of all things!), so I just turned Aires out with his two best friends, Rex and CJ.
There is this lady who is one of our overnighters who is just absolutely awesome. Everyone loves her, she's an absolute sweetheart and she'd do anything for anyone. She gave me a brand new 78" custom-made winter blanket for Aires, complete with hood, for free the last time she was here (she got rid of the horse it was made to fit and the people who bought the horse didn't want the blanket). This time, she had all sorts of goodies with her. She gave me a nice, big Kensington fly mask and a water bottle bag for my saddle. She gave my friend some stuff too.
Anyway, my proud momma moment came when I went to try the fly mask on Aires. This is the horse that actually reared up on me a little when I tried to put a fly mask on him a month and a half ago. So, I put him in his stall, undid his halter (but held it in place with one hand) and then slipped the fly mask over his ears. He didn't even try to pull away! He just stood there and let me put it on him! :-D YAY for deciding that a fly mask isn't going to kill him! I was really wanting to put a fly mask on him because the flies really bother his face (not the rest of him, but just his face).
Anyway, here's a pic of my handsome boy sporting his "new" fly mask.