This past weekend Blue and I had a longing session on Saturday. He ‘s an old hand at longing and knows his cues and also knows there’s a treat in the barn at the end of a session. It’s a pleasure to longe a horse who knows his job and does it without being dramatic. The longeing wasn’t for him but for me. I basically wanted to see how he was moving and if anything might be bothering him. He’s had some hock issues in the past and I didn’t want to ride him until I assessed where he was physically.
We’re starting out slow until we both get into better shape. I took him to the indoor on Sunday for a short ride. We walked and worked on steering and bending a little bit. To keep it interesting we walked over cavelletti and switched directions a few times. If Blue gets bored he will find something to make it more interesting for him and it usually involves a diversion that will satisfy his sense of humor at the riders cost. I’m happy to report that we had a very nice ride together. Blue was very well behaved and seemed to be enjoying himself. For some reason he was being very sweet to me and let me give him hugs and kisses. Blue has the ability to always make me smile because he’s such a character.
Until next time
Quote for Today
In the quiet light of the stable, you hear a muffled snort, a stamp of a hoof, a friendly nicker. Gentle eyes inquire, “How are you old friend?” and suddenly, all your troubles fade away.