It's currently 7 after midnight here in Louisiana on the 28th of December. I've been here a full two days and so many wonderful things have happened! Sorry to keep you all waiting!
So I arrived close to 4pm, grabbed dinner with my lovely new family, and then by the time we got to the barn it was PITCH black.. and apparently my camera battery died so we only have two pictures from that night. I'll do my best to paint the scene of what happened.
We pulled into the driveway and I was literally shaking from excitement. So much was going through my head at the time!
We grabbed his halter from his stall (which had a wonderful "Welcome Home, Mom! Neigh!" sign taped to the door!) and walked out to his field. It was so dark, we had our flashlights out and were giggling up a storm as we stumbled around trying not to trip into a divot.
Once we got into the pasture, that's when it got creeeeepy! I don't know about you, but two girls in the middle of a field at night with barely any light and seeing glowing horse eyes all around was a little unnerving.. especially when you hear hooves moving but can't tell where they're coming from! It was an experience! We managed to have a few glowing horse eyes following us, and nearly scared the blanket out of this little grey gelding! Too funny!!
We walked pretty far in, and then I called to Sky. We kept walking and calling him and we saw 'something' lift their head and stare.. then heard plodding hooves coming towards us. We shone our flashlights, and saw that it was Sky. He walked right on up to me and allowed me to snuggle his face and say hello. He couldn't get his face in that halter fast enough, and we all walked back towards the barn.
And then it just got better from there. Popped his dressage saddle on him, after giving him a nice grooming down, and went for a ride. It was a lot of fun, and I never wanted to get off!! It felt like home <3
The next day, I decided to pop on him in the western saddle. This was only my SECOND time in the saddle. I was nervous, because for some reason western saddles really worry me with the horn and the stirrups and the whole 'sitting on your pockets' deal...
So we took it nice and slow. Did lots and LOTS of walking, then started to trot.. did a bit of a jog.. so nice!
Well then he got too antsy, and we somehow ended up cantering to the left (his good side, my CRAPPY side!) but I didn't curl up and cry, my butt did get some air at first but I pushed him on and we got him back to jogging happily. Boy was it an experience!
Well it didn't stop there. Amanda took me around the property, showing me just how beautiful it is. We found ourselves in the XC course, where they have log jumps, banks, water jumps, wooden oxers, etc. She told me how proud and excited she was that Sky could go up and down the bank. Well I made a rookie move, and let him sniff at it. He spooked, and spun around and went into a few steps of gallop leap. I managed to stay on but man I was GRUMPY haha!
So we tried it again, NO SNIFFING, and he was fine :) Then we went through the water and over the trotting poles and just had such a fun time.
We returned to the barn and we popped his blanket on and put him outside.
Today, well I had all these plans but they changed once we re-evaluated his saddles. Both dressage saddles don't really fit him.. mine has crappy clearance, and the other one is really really tight. The western one is the only one that seems to fit, but I didn't feel up to being in it.
So we had a fun mess around day. Oh my goodness, I got such a cardio workout today! I had him on the lungeline but did not lunge him.. instead we trotted in hand ALL OVER the place. We trotted in the indoor, the outdoor, over ground poles, over cross rails, over hedge jumps.. just.. everywhere! We had so much fun and we also worked sneakily on giving me space and not crowding into me as well as going where I directed him to go without hesitation.
Yay sneaky ground work sessions!
:) It's been so wonderful being with him!!!
Hang tight for pics!
"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"