I've been busy and it's been raining so Oliver's had a bit more time off than I'd usually like. The rain did manage to fill the dry creek bed with water though, so have some pics of the BO and I (and our trusty steeds) in front of it (and various other beautiful areas around the farm)!
|A bit pissy because posing for photos means he can't eat grass while we're stopped|
|The BO and her cutie horse|
|The hill we ride up sometimes|
|Flowers blooming along the arena fence|
It was the first time we've really had water, and I wanted to see how Oliver would react if I asked him to get in and cross it. We had to walk over the bridge that actually had water flowing under this time and he didn't care, so I don't know why I thought he'd behave any differently. He walked right in, and started drinking and playing in it with his mouth, so I think he quite likes it.
After that I had a bunch of time I was busy working on my Halloween costume, where I ended up making a large set of fully articulated wings. So that ate a lot of my time.
BUT, I realized what was happening, tucked my limbs in, rolled lengthwise for sec once I hit the ground, and then stood right up, marched over and yelled at him for a bit. Then, I got right back on and cantered a bit more. I was so incensed I didn't even get scared or shocked I just shot up and gave him a piece of my mind. Then, went right back to work.
Once I was finished riding, I got my lunge line and whip and proceeded to explain that he can and will canter like a gentleman until I tell him to stop. He seemed to get the message though. Most likely if it's cooled off a bit and it's been while since he worked I should probably lunge him a little first to get any residual stupid out. He did seem contrite afterward at least.
But hey, I am really proud of myself for handling myself like I did. No fear, no adrenaline spike, just sprung up like a daisy, a "how dare you" and right back to work. I wish I could go back in time to a few years ago and tell myself what happened. See, it does get better!