I rode Tango again today. We were in the larger field and doing fine until we got a little too close to Cally and she gave us the Mare Glare. Suddenly, the rodeo was on...
Tango did a pretty good impression of a bucking bronc for six or seven hops, and I really wish Son had captured it on video. I stayed on
. I remember shoving my feet deep in the stirrup and leaning back and I remember ducking under a tree branch
- as Tango was bucking. I remember a HUGE leap toward the kiddie pool they are fed from and then an equally huge sideways lunge to avoid landing in it. And then it was over. He stopped, he stood quietly. I asked him to go forward and he did for two or three steps and ....
Off to the rodeo again! Round two was less forward, but he got some pretty good elevation on a couple crow hops. I didn't even think about grabbing the horn! I rode it out and when he settled, it was back to business - although I did have Son put Cally in the small pen! No more Mare Glare and the next 30-45 minutes were filled with circles, figure 8s, stops, fence following, turning into the fence, more circles and figure 8s. And he was fantastic!
And then, after I was satisfied with Tango's work, I saddled Cally and rode her around. She was willing, but also Very Concerned about where Tango was, especially when he wandered out of sight! Too bad, young lady! We're here to work. She did pretty good for a horse who hasn't been ridden in 3 months!
Now, I'm exhausted! I had forgotten how much your thighs have to work during an impromptu rodeo... much less TWO!