So, Aires is now officially the tallest of the "Three Amigos." The "Three Amigos" are Aires, my friend's arab gelding, CJ, and the trainer's arab gelding, Rex. Rex is 15.2hh and CJ is 15.3hh. CJ and Aires were turned out today while my friend and I cleaned our stalls and we glanced up to check on the horses and my friend goes "Where's CJ?" We started to walk over and then Aires stepped forward while grazing and we saw CJ behind him. They were on level ground! O.o
Lunged Aires in the round pen today. He did amazing, considering I haven't really done much except clean his stall since before Christmas (between work and the holidays, I have had zero time!). He listened soooooooo well. I groomed him afterward and he even let me pick up his feet with no fuss. Usually it's a veritable rodeo trying to pick his feet out with him trying to take his feet back and/or kick me. The only "issue" we had was when I picked up his first foot (his left front), he tried to lean on me, but I stepped out from underneath him and let him fall. He gave me this "Mom, you were supposed to catch me!" look that had everyone laughing.
I splurged today and bought a set of Stowaway deluxe pommel bags for our trail ride on Friday. I've been wanting a set of saddle bags and after discussing it with my friend and the trainer (who both have the Stowaway cantle bags...the trainer also has the deluxe pommel bags on her English endurance saddle), I decided to go ahead and get the Stowaways, even though they were more expensive. I wanted them in red, but the tack store only had them in black, navy or hunter, so I opted for black (they were cheaper at the tack store than online, too).
They look just like this, only black:
I'm also going to either have to make my own or have a new halter made for Aires, as his is almost too small...again. *facepalm*