December 2, 2008
Finally got out again. Saturday, I cleaned my room and rearranged things all day and hung out with my friend who had been out of town for the last week... Sunday, I had to work 8-4, so I didn't get out. Monday, I had theatre practice, so I couldn't go out.
But today, I went out.
When I got there, I was walking into the long barn and there was a horse tied in the aisle way... When he turned and looked at me, I saw the star and thought, "What did he do?" The barn owner doesn't put horses in the aisle way while cleaning stalls... Twende is lovable and likes to rub and hug the people who clean his stall, but he's only been moved by one person who came to clean the stalls... ANYWAY. Apparently we have someone who is cleaning the stalls to pay off some of her board.
Thank God Twende ties better than I'd originally thought he did.
So, I rode, and he decided it would be fun to buck and then sky out really hard to the side almost as soon as I got on. Well, we're done with that kind of behavior, so I just made him trot long, low, and fast for a good ten minutes, and after that, he did all right.
The flat was nice, but when it came time for the ground poles, he didn't want to go over it going to the right. He was GOING to, then the wimp kicked up a bunch of dirt and rocks against it, stopped, and backed up like it was the scariest thing in the world. Got him over it, though.
When I was moving ground poles so I had three in a row, he followed behind me a little too close and ran his nose into the ground pole! He gave me this highly offended look and stalked away, haha. He was fine, just a bit peeved.
Anyway... he wasn't amazingly good today, but he's getting used to cantering in the smaller, indoor arena again, which is good, because he used to get all bowed up and want to buck. Which is not good.
Here're some pictures from the last time I rode, because I didn't give the promised videos the other day...
Blurry because it's zoomed in and taken from a video I took of us riding.
It was around 40 and sunny, so I let him go out in one of the stud lots [the mares took the big pasture] with Julius.
Going over ground poles.
And here's a video of Twende being "chased" by the dogs in the stud lot.