Once again, plans for a ride got canceled. The new plan is for Wednesday.
I took him out on a 30 minute walk today. Only one spook this time and I'm pretty sure it happened because we were walking past grass and trees and I wouldn't let him eat. I still have to work with him on paying attention to his feet. He goes all over the place! One minute he'll be walking at the edge of the street by the curb, the next he'll be half on the curb half on the street, and then he'll somehow end up in the middle of the street. Okay, not really the middle, but farther over than I want him to be.
I think I'm going to call up my horse trainer and see if she can go on a walk with me and him. I just feel like I'm not reacting to his spooks and distractedness like I should be to teach him to stop doing it. For instance, sometimes I pet him and try to calm him down when he spooks or acts a little concerned, other times I shake the reins and tell him he needs to just focus on me and what I want, not what is going on around him. I'm thinking my reaction should be a bit of both, you know, reassure him that he is safe but remind him that he has a job to be doing. I just don't know how to do that.
And, I'm putting a pic of how rediculous I made him look for this walk. He sported two braids (the rest of the hair was loose), his flymask, his bridle, a 'sparkly necklace', and a dirt covered body. If that isn't attention grabbing then I don't know what is.