heheheheheh...this morning the paddock was ankle-deep in mud. I didn't feel like rousting out the horses, and the lesson horse doesn't like running or trotting through mud. He hid in his part of the shed. I saw him, the little wretch, sticking his head just far enough out for his eyes to see if I was coming, then he decided wth, to come out.
I showed him the harness and asked him to stand for harnessing (I figure, I might as well give him a chance to do the right thing up-front, instead of assuming he's going to do the wrong thing). He turned his butt on me, so I walked around and squared up to his head, flashed out the lead line, and drove him away. He gave me all of three paces, then cut back and insinuated himself into his buddy's side of the shed (where his buddy was already hanging out). That's when I got the pair o' horse butts. I walked around to the other side of the shed, and there was lesson horse, peering over the partition at me to see what I was going to do. I gave him a good wave with the harness, etc. and he showed me the whites of his eyes (as did the paddock buddy) and then both of them erupted from the shed in tandem.
I thought "Hey, these guys would actually look great harnessed up together..." :) - so yes, I did get them both moving...but lesson horse made jolly sure that he was on the opposite side of paddock buddy from me. (Honestly, I was almost tempted to just harness up and ride paddock buddy...)
Unfortunately, it's a little bit of a hike from the paddock to the nearest hitching post, so I'm not sure how feasible it would be to get paddock buddy out of the paddock first - this idea DOES have a lot of appeal...it would really cut to the chase! I can just see lesson horse's face when he watches that play out...I'm LOL just thinking about it.
I should probably say: I like this horse, even though he can be a total PITA, because he is teaching me TONS about handling horses both from the ground and from the saddle. But oy. Sometimes I wish he'd just let me put the harness on without an argument, and I wish he'd just stand patiently for grooming without an argument, and I wish he'd just do what I ask him to do under saddle...without an argument.