I am glad he feels good! But, we do need to work on better listening (and me communicating), even when he is happy. There are good safe places to run, and places that are not so safe. Also, I'm not sure how fast he can actually go (he's been clocked at 20mph), but there is a "too fast, this isn't fun" threshold, at least for me. (it's also a little frustrating because, since he doesn't do that for most other people, it's hard to talk about that with all but a few people - I don't want the kids, for one, to get the idea that they can just run him around, because he'll either get hurt or he'll get mad when they start hauling on his mouth).YAY! Jasper is feeling better!
A great description of his glowing coat. I am sure his handsomeness takes your breath away and that was probably a big part of Jasper’s “I Feel Good” (think James Brown’s I Feel Good dance. antics —- he knows how handsome he is
When you said the bareback ride “-went swimmingly-“ you know where my first thought went😂.
I was glad to read on and learn that wasn’t the case
Oh, lord knows he knows he's a beautiful and magnificent creature. Why shouldn't he go fast? Fast is the BEST OF SPEEDS. Minimum, a trot. (and he's got the most pleasant jog you can just float to). I can only imagine what he was like at 8 or 9. He's not just fast, either - he's brave. This fellow firmly believes that the best way to get past any obstacle is a straight line. Going around it is for weenies, and he is no weenie.
You know, honestly, if I didn't have a phone in my pocket (and my medic license in my wallet), falling off into the water wouldn't be so terrible bareback. The lakes are still a bit cool - in the low 60s - but neither of us minds water, and it hurts less than ground. And no tack would get ruined!
Turns out on Monday we get to go down to a state forest about an hourish south of the barn - hooray for a change of scenery, and for big, wide, flat trails. (seriously: this is the place where the hunter pace is held, and I watched some people's helmet videos, and thought: wow, this is so ... clear, and flat, and free of roots and branches.) I've hiked on the human trails there before, and it's very pretty.