Thanks, Northenstar! :)
Traditionally, people pull the log in a long procession, but why not give a horse the job! Snickers always becomes very serious and dedicated, when he gets to pull something, and tomorrow I'm going to get a sleigh and a harness collar, so my harness will be complete! Now for the snow...
Today it didn't stop raining. Oh well, I got my raincoat on and went for a lovely trail walk, which ended up to be more than 2 hours long. We were accompanied by one of Snicks' best buddies and his owner, who is a close friend to me.
At first, I lead Snicks on-line and we did a little bit of groundwork in a nearby field - flexing on a circle, transitioning to trot, sidepassing, trying to do this all as lightly as possible. On our way to the next field, I asked Snicks to jump a ditch a couple of times, which he did with enthusiasm, and, in the next field, I took the lead line off and offered him to follow me at liberty. Which he did, sticking close to my side, trotting, walking, stopping and turning, all with a happy expression and a sweet look in his eyes. What more could I wish for! :) As we went on, he saw a little stretch of dirt over a ditch and between a high fence and a tree growth, which he hadn't visited before, so he went on and jumped the ditch, then exploring the place curiously. He spent a couple of minutes there, then jumped the ditch back, shaking his head, bouncing with fun and trotting back up to me. :)
Further on, Snicks cantered ahead of us and raced between some pine trees, finally settling down to graze. That made him disconnect a little, as he wanted to stay grazing, so he didn't hurry to catch up and I decided to put the lead line back on, as I didn't want to encourage disconnection in trails. He followed me without hesitation and without napping, and we visited a large pond with rather steep banks. I asked him to go down to the shoreline and enter the pond, which he did, but not without snorting and pawing at the water. He then submerged his nose in the pond and blew some bubbles - one of his favorite games in the water - and then agreed to jump up the bank back to me, and to repeat this circle once more.
Later, we found a growth of spurce trees where some of them were cut off. We used the remaining stumps for Snickers to put a leg on or climb on them with his forelegs and pivot around with his hindlegs. The stumps were small, so he really had to concentrate to keep his front legs in one spot. He also followed me under spurce branches that were hanging down very low as a thick curtain, and, turning on our way home, he gladly jumped a couple of ditches again, doing it with energy and precision.
During the barn Christmas party, we had left some apples hanging on low tree branches for the deer, but the deer hadn't touched them, so I showed the apples to Snickers. He was very surprised and very happy, and munched down a couple of them in a heartbeat. Would have munched down ALL of them, if I had let him do that.
Back at the barn, we were greeted by a young, cute gelding, neighing anxiously at Snickers. He arrived a couple of days ago and was instantly adopted by Snicks, who always greets the newcomers and protects them during their first weeks in their new home. This one has taken a great liking in Snicks and seems to follow him around like a puppy. :)