I was pretty productive today. Which meant I didn't get to mine and Doz's walk until it was almost his dinner time.
But it was okay. I threw a halter on him(I've been walking him in his bridle) and we left. He did really well walking down towards the church (which is on the end of the street) and even did well walking past it and around the corner(we've walked there earlier this week and had some issues) until he noticed a large group of young teens. He wasn't spooking but he definitely wasn't relaxed either. I think it might have had something to do with the fact that one of the kids had a large stick and was repeatedly hitting tree after tree as he passed them. I think that if I was Doz, I woulda been leary too.
He was semi jumpy, but we made it past the kids (even with the idiot still thumping away on the tress)((Just wanted to add, I made sure that I said "Don't worry Doz, if anyone hits anyone with that stick, it'll be me hitting the dumb kid carrying it" loud enoough to where they all could hear me)) and since it was scary and the thumping was coming from behind once we passed them, I let him nibble the grass for a minute while I waited for them to get further down the street.
He was 'aware' the walk back to the front of the church, but seemed to calm down when we were back on our normal steet. Of course, since we were passing a mormon church, two boys riding their bikes had to stop and ask me if I had discovered the message of mormonism yet to which I replied "Little busy here." That didn't deter him though. He asked if I would take their card, so I took it and tried to leave. The other bike rider had to yell to me to compliment how 'cool' my horse was, which I was okay with, and then I finally got to escape after telling them to have a good day.
I decided to cut the walk short, so we only did about half of our normal distance, but I figured that since Doz had to deal with some people who were obviously not thinking and since it was pretty much dinner time, we could go home and not worry about it.
So, all in all, he did really good. I was pretty proud of him.
AND I set up a lesson with my horse trainer for Saturday morning to hopefully figure out a way to stop his dumbness.
And I also agreed to go on another freaking early trail ride that day too. Except on one of my boss's horses. Yay me.?
That's all. I'll probably ride him tomorrow on the street again. So, I'll update on that then.