Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Yesterday was a layzeeee day. Went out, caught, brushed and cleaned, then turned him out in the grassy side paddock while I read a book and kept a loose eye on him (the fence is lacking in a couple spots). He grazed, mostly staying in my general area. I went to catch him, he trotted off, I followed him for about 10 seconds, then he turned to face me properly, so I went up, scratched him and then sat back down and read some more. Then I 'caught' him a couple more times for practice between chapters, though he just stood there.
Today was an exercise in distractions. TWO horses were in the arena with us (it's plenty big enough), one of whom he did not know, which was cause for plenty of interest and snorting on his end, AND the horses in the pasture that borders the arena were running and bucking and raising a ruckus. There were also some human spectators. We 'worked' on bending and stopping properly, but really just worked on the concept of paying attention and staying focused even with distractions. The "worst" (in quotes since it wasn't really that bad) he was happened when we were at the pasture end of the arena and the herd galloped by- he tried to lope off with them, though a one rein stop (another skill we're working on) ended that right quick.
He was super affectionate today though- doing his best imitation of a puppy dog, hanging out with me, offering to try to groom me, and following me about. Everyone who meets him comments on some variation of "nice, sweet, easy going, etc" which I take as a very good sign that it's not just proud mama syndrome that I think so.