Rain On The Way
At least that's what the weather forecast calls for. Not sure what was up with me today, but I was entirely unmotivated.
Eventually, I went out in the early afternoon and did some barn chores which included stripping Toby's stall and poo picking the arena.
That just about did my knees in, but I'd decided to lunge a horse at least. As I was trying to catch him, Tucker went into the arena, so I closed the gate and had him. I picked up the lunge whip that I'd dropped and as soon as I did, he started trotting around me in a nice circle. That was fine by me. He stayed withing lunge line distance all the way around, again and again, so I never needed to put the line on him at all.
He worked totally at liberty for the full session. When I stepped in front of him, he reversed and worked on the other rein and, when I told him to canter, he did, as nice as you please. I wish I'd taken some treats out there with me because he was an absolute angel the whole time--well, except for bucking on his right lead canter depart.
I had the little jump set up but when I went over to it and casually mentioned that perhaps he might want to jump it for me, he simply stood there looking at me as if I had lost my mind. I finally walked over to him, grabbed a hold of his mane and led him to the jump--which I had lowered so he could walk over it. He did and then, wonder of wonders, when I cued him around me on a smaller circle he trotted over the pole twice as nice as you please.
I told him he was magnificent, which he, obviously, already knew and then we went to the barn together.
Once more I gave him the ulcer meds and tonight, I gave him his second injection of Pentosan. Not exactly the best reward for the excellent "at liberty" exercise session, but if it make him feel better, then maybe it was OK.
It's so much fun when your horse simply works for you with no fuss or bother. And it was even more special in that I needed no physical "attachment" to get Tuck's response.