Had the most boring day with Luc today. I was planning on giving him a physical rest day, while taxing him mentally, but he really never gave me the opportunity to blow his mind.
We started out in a bareback pad – his first time ever, and not that big a change except it meant only sitting trot and flapping legs (oops).
We went over the railroad tracks without a second glance, crossed the water with no pause, and then tied to a line for the first time. I monitored him for a couple of minutes, but he didn’t even try to turn his head much less move. Then I went into the adjacent pasture – which has geldings and mares- and grabbed my tennesee walking horse gelding (Samson)who is normally perfection with hooves. Luc wanted to say hi, but as soon as I said no he dove straight back into work mode. I looped the lead line over the twh, assuming he would be the same obedient angel he always is. Nope. My horse, Sam, strolled on down the creek; giving me no option but to leap onto Lucero from the ground and pursue. This horse who went from never crossing water mere days before, was now chest deep trotting and cantering after some rogue gelding! We herded Sam back up to the Pasture where this started, I dismounted and had the most uneventful walk back up to the barn with both boys. Luc’s first ride with the bareback pad, first wtc in the water, first time being led with a gelding (with me) 100% success.
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