Caught Ben no problem this morning, BONUS
Loaded him on the trailer at first ask, good boy Ben.
Took my stirrups up one hole this week, and it made life so much easier. Today we worked on walking straight, he was great on the wall, but gets lost in the middle of the arena, then we have all sorts of wobbles. We persevered and managed to get some good turns own the centre line and halts at X. Then we had our first really awesome trots, I started to feel what he could really do, it is just an incredible feeling.
Then I took Willow in for an assessment ride, and there is good news and bad news.
Bad news I have to lose at least 50 pounds before I do much with her
Good news, she is worth losing the weight for, I had the HUGEST smile on my face the whole time I was on her, she is just so nice to ride, I love her.
Then Ben ruined the day by being an absolute pig to load to go home, I mean seriously BAD, he dragged my trainer face first through the snow for a while, and was seriously awful. We had to put him in a pen, and then I reversed the trailer up to it, with much help and advice from the crowd, I really must learn to reverse that **** thing better. Be popped on as good as gold once all his escape options were closed to him. The general consensus is that he is just smart, and takes advantage of any out that he can see when he doesn't want to do something.
Overall though, this is the first day when I really really know that Ben is worth it, I can ride him, I can ride that huge trot, and less is more when riding him, I have been trying to do to much. We will be in the dressage intro class this spring.