|"Well there she goes, I wonder what I just got myself into"|
I’d like to thank everyone for their advice and opinions on my previous post “A Dilemma.” I appreciate your input and will definitely take it under advisement.
Blue and I went for a hand walk today and I decided to use the time constructively to see where his head is at before I start back riding him. So, we had a little chat about things in general, and riding in particular. I've paraphrased the gist of it below. (and no, I haven't been drinking ;-) It went something like this:
“So how have you been feeling lately, Mr. Blue?”
“Eh, I’m alright. But, uh, why are we walking around doing nothing when I could be eating a hay net right now?”
“Well, I thought we could spend a little quality time together. And I'd like to come up with a decision once and for all about you and I working together.”
“Why would we have to come to a decision? I’m here, and you ride when you feel like it. As long as you keep it short, it sort of breaks up the boredom of, you know, putting up with the these idiots." At this point he tossed his head toward the herd, and I knew what he meant. Blue doesn't have a lot of patience for his fellow horse. I can relate sometimes...
“Blue, you’re the best." I love Blue's casual attitude toward life. Very little seems to ruffle his feathers, and he just goes with the flow. It must be nice... "I just don’t want to ask you to work if you’re in any kind of discomfort.”
“Oh, don't worry. If I’m not feeling up to par that day, you'll know it.”
That sounded a little more ominous than I liked to hear. “That's fair. I noticed that you’ve been favoring that left front lately. What’s up with that?”
“Well! When you so rudely pulled my shoes for the winter, I bruised my tender little foot."
The one thing Blue is not tough or casual about is discomfort. And this is the first time Blue has gone shoeless.
"Poor Blue! How did that happen?" I tried to sympathize.
"The night I had my shoes pulled, I came galloping up for my dinner on the frozen ground. And it hurt."
“I see." Go figure. "But it feels better now?”
"And no more galloping?"
“Good thinking. One other thing I wanted to talk to you about.”
I have to remind myself here what a good horse Blue is, even though he's a pain in the neck. “I think we should continue these half hour walks so you can get in shape before we start riding again.”
“So I can get in shape? What about those extra holiday pounds you’re carrying? You’re no picnic to lug around.”
“That’s why I’m walking with you." Being a sarcastic smartass is just one of his many charms. But I've commented on his weight more than a few times, so I guess I kinda asked for it. "Is it a deal?”
Big sigh. “Fine. It’s a deal. Now can I go back to my hay net?”
“Sure, but try to come up for air once in a while, huh?”
“Back at ya.”
We're totally off to a great start.
Quote for Today
Give a horse what he needs and he will give you his heart in return