Today I decided since the horses should be tired from the busy weekend, it would be a good day to try ponying the boys with Dream. Mind you, Dream has never been used as a pony horse nor have either of the boys been asked to pony. But the weather was agreeable and I had my bowl of insanity for breakfast, so off we went!
Started out with George, who tends to be a mellow soul. And indeed, he stayed true to form. He really wanted to just tuck in behind Dream, so took a bit to get him to understand he was supposed to be alongside. Dream patiently tolerated me paying way more attention to him than to her, and made sure we didn't crash into any trees or land in the river.
After George, it was Sultan's turn. He is a slightly more reactive personality than George and can be very creative (aka, he is smart enough to train the people around him to do what he wants), so I was expecting some sort of challenge. He was less than impressed about going forward when we were in the fields immediately around the house, but when I had the audacity to go into the field across the road, he said game over and just about sat down. After a few moments of asking him to move his feet some way, any way (which he steadfastly ignored), I grabbed the front of the saddle with my rope hand and asked Dream to move forward. Knowing she has pulled downed trees off trail for me before, I figured she would pull. And indeed, she pulled him a few feet down the trail before he had an epiphany and decided that we really WERE leaving the farm after all. After that, he was more than happy to listen to my cues.
Couldn't have been more pleased with Dream today, though I am probably lucky I couldn't hear her opinions about me!
02/06/13 sultan 9.38 miles 5.9 mph 68.49 total miles
02/07/13 george 9.84 miles 5.8 mph 78.33 total miles
02/08/13 dream 12.44 miles 6.5 mph 90.77 total miles
02/10/13 dream 10.49 miles 5.6 mph 101.26 total miles
02/15/13 dream 10.86 miles 5.5 mph 112.12 total miles
02/16/13 dream 15.06 miles 5.6 mph 127.18 total miles
02/17/13 george 16.2 miles 6.1 mph 143.38 total miles
02/18/13 dream 6.39 miles 4.7 mph 149.77 total miles