Post for yesterday
I went for a ride on Sammy after work in the afternoon because I felt like going for a ride and because I wanted to take his mind off my other two horses not being here. He had been calling out to them all afternoon and he called a couple of times when I was riding when we were just standing around or walking.
First I was just doing a lot of circles of walk and trot with him. First in the house yard then out in the big paddock down near the dam. Then while in the big paddock I took him for a canter. I was kind of surprised but really happy because he didn't just jump into it like usual he smoothly went from a trot to a canter and he didn't just try to take off he actually really soft and came back to a trot really easy.
After that I went up to the top paddock and they have little sheds that they can go in for shelter and I rode him in one (when I first got him he would freak out if you tried to take him in there) he went in calmly and stood there for a minute then we rode back out. I then did some more cantering in circles up the paddock and his canter wasn't as good as before but it was still ok.
Then I went back and felt like just doing silly stuff to see if he would do it. I got him to go back in the shed. After that I took him down to our little pens that are about 2m by 2m and he walked straight in turned around tightly and walked out. Then I took him down to the dam just to walk around it.
When we got around it we got to a little stream that connects to the dam. I have tried to take him through a puddle on a trail before and he wouldn't do it so I thought we could practise here. I got him to walk over the narrowest bit. He stepped over it. Then we moved to a slightly wider bit (about half a meter) and I was laughing the whole time because of they way he reacted. He kept kind of dancing in front of the water then deciding he would go over it but he had to jump it. It would take him about 5 minutes to decide each time it was fun so I got him to do that a few times.
Then we went up to the house yard and I got him to go into a few little spaces etc and he was a little iffy about it but he did it eventually.
Now Pepper and Apache weren't home because they have gone to my instructor's house (pepper to stay awhile/apache overnight) so that I can go for a trail ride at her place tomorrow. This will be intersting and I will write in here as to how it goes.