Awwww Barry, don't hate us because we are awesome!!!
On sunday I went for my first horse ride in over a month. I have been working 7 days a week for some time now and finally I took a day off to 'rest' ( naturally horse riding took precedence). I was a bit nervous because this is the longest period that Phoenix has been out of work for since I broke her in. Also I have been hard feeding her and I had no idea how the new feed was going to effect her. AND the weather was disgusting - a freezing cold southerly gale was blowing up a storm. However I was hanging out for a horse ride so I thought, bugger it, I'm just going to do it.
I was really pleased she was quite brilliant. We did end up going sideways a couple of times when I decided to trot but in the grand scheme of things I was pleasently surprised. You know, Phoenix is a big strong girl and she is aware of how strong she is and yet I never fear for my safety with her. Wether it be on the ground or on her back she is amazingly self restrained. I would love to say it is a result of my superior training but I think that she is just a very, very nice animal who has fortunately never been given a reason to mistrust people.