I guess I did set myself up for today's ride. I woke up to an unusally cold raw day. Since it's supposed to rain the next few days, I went over to the barn to sneak in a ride before work. My normally sane sweet OTTB was a little goofy in the barn while I was grooming, he didn't want to walk down to the ring for whatever reason (he didn't offer an explanation), and then once I'm on, both of us notice turkeys walking around in a back field and a few deer just off to our side in the woods. Since my horse is not fond of wildlife, it really set us up for an interesting ride. I set up my horse calming game of clock where I put 4 ground poles at 3, 6, 9 and 12 and proceed to get his attention on me walking him over the poles. 20 minutes into it, he finally relaxes and stops worrying about the deer and turkeys. Right about then, a trail rider who I've never met before riders her white horse down the driveway toward the ring. At the same time I saw a pretty white mare, Puck saw Godzilla's ghost monster. His head shot up like a giraffe, his body stiffened like he's been dead for 4 days and I just rolled my eyes for the next 15 minutes as I attempted to calm him down. Luckily I had my synthetic saddle on which is nice and sticky in such situations, so I was able to ride out his issues. After he finally relaxed again, I got off and called it a day. What a lovely ride... hee hee.