Had a nice day with Brock yesterday (which was my birthday). I did some liberty work and free lungeing in the paddock before taking him off to ride. He was an idiot when I came to lunge him on the line so he'd get his focus back on me, kept bucking and spooking, he was all fired up because the mare in the next yard was being a terrible hussy and the flies were terrible. So I just hopped on and we rode around with the goal to be going as quietly as possible and he cruised around fine. I was trying him in a new bit too - a mullen mouth eggbutt, so quite a different action to the french-link and Dr Bristol he's used to - and he seemed to be less "chewy" and fussy so I'm taking that as a good sign.
My friend had been riding Star, and after we'd hosed them down we put them in the arena paddock for a play around. Brock and Star were soooo cute - racing each other, grazing together, trotting alongside one another... just needed a little grey pony in there and it could have been a scene from Black Beauty. First time the two of them have been without a separating fence in over a year, they were just so happy to see each other. Brock even decided to gallop really fast to keep up with Star and actually outstripped her for pace once or twice. So much fun watching them play together.
And the last bit of news is... Brock has a new home! A lady has decided to lease him, he'll be on a stunning property with lovely pasture and great fencing, and a barn with stables if he needs one. He'll also have a buddy in a young TB gelding, but if they argue too much then there is the ability to have them in separate paddocks. And he'll be able to go on heaps of trails and get daily contact. So happy!
Pics from yesterday are attached. Pardon me pulling funny faces as I ride! Last one is of Brock and Star grazing together <3