Tacked up for all the riding lessons minus one yesterday, Pepe had had a sore back so we had to cancel the last of his lessons, just to be on the safe side - he was massaged and felt all over, but nothing was found as for a sore back, but we finished him early for the day, just in case.
Went for a ride on Toola, she was being really hard mouthed and ignoring my leg cues for the first half, the took her to a different arena, and she settled down and we had a nice ride, before I gave her a rest for a couple hours, and she was ridden once more. Tried to hose her down after her last ride - she is terrified of the wash bay and hose, so we didnt get far, but better than last time, which is an achievement.
Everything ran really smoothly yesterday, considering my instrucor who also owns the place and horses, her husband (horsemanship) and their adopted kids, left before noon for the day.
Packed up by myself at the end of the day - including picking up littered food and drink containers next to one of the arenas. :eyeroll:
Highlight of the day, which was not fun for me at all - I was terrified, was thet I was reported to that a small snake
had gone into the shed we use as a large tack room, riders lounging area... So I had to go in there - Banged all the sides of the shed and stomped.... and thumped a lead rope along things
just to make sure I didnt scare it by finding it walking around silently, and so tempting it to run away with all the commotion..
Went into that shed many times later in the day, repeating the stomp and thump routine, saw no snake, but think it may have slithered into the burn pile behind the shed, in a unused paddock.
Had to catch one of the ponies FAMOUS for not getting caught.. tried feed, carrots, halter behind my back, walking slowly with my eyes fixed slightly below his eyes... finally after about 20mins of trying to catch said pony... (who even the instructors hate catching
and usually cant) I go back up to the arena's and bring down two others... It takes the three of us to herd him into a corner of a paddock, talking softly to him, and blocking his attempts to get away, with out arms outstretched... said pony is then PERFECT for the rest of the day..like usual, thinking he might be herd bound, as he hates leaving his paddock and will do anything not to leave, although he is not with another horse/herd, but rather shares the same fenceline with them. He actually walks up to you in the resting yards we use to give the horses shade and a bit of a roll in the sand, inbetween lessons.
Gotta love ponytude faces..