|ALL THE ENERGY!!!|
I did warn the trainer that it was most likely going to be terrible and that Courage was just coming to get out of the ice, so we weren't doing the lesson, just lunging in the arena.
|"Please don't embarrass me"|
He was sort of keeping it together, so I threw on his bridle and clipped the lunge line on.
|Looking so calm|
Courage hasn't been able to trot around his field in three weeks.
He's had crazy eyes for the past week and a half.
Oh, and the arena was full of other greenies coming from similar work schedules.
|Showing off for the only non-greenie in the arena|
I was actually impressed--we had a couple of leaping/WHERE R MI LEGZ moments, but mostly he stuck his head straight up in the air and trotted. And trotted. And then trotted some more. I got him to canter a little bit, but he wasn't losing his mind trotting and I knew he needed to blow off steam.
As long as he wasn't going to be crazy, I wasn't going to push him. Trotting is great.
And this is what he gave me. Gorgeous, animated, suspension. He whinnied a couple of times, but since his supermodel girlfriend was along, he was actually pretty settled.
|Looking pretty relaxed|
So I got on.
Little man was foot perfect.
We walked around and stayed out of the way of the people jumping. He didn't flinch. I was having some serious "oh THIS is why I love this horse" moments, not gonna lie.
We even sort of joined in on the exercise. We started out trotting some poles. He canter/leaped them the first time, but then trotted through like a champ. I couldn't believe how calm and collected he was.
|Why is the crazy lady wearing my clothes?|
Wasn't his fault I asked him to cross the great wall of China, haha.
We did a little circle, then he let the instructor lead him over the tiny box. A light bulb flashed on. Not the great wall! A jump!
|He's got this|
He didn't even hesitate after that. Once he understood the question, he trotted right in, snapped his knees up over it, and landed cantering.
The last time through our instructor played "Eye of the Tiger" for him and he shook his head when he landed. Little dude was so proud of himself.
We even got invited back to ride as long as the arena is good. I am so.excited. It was beyond awesome to be back in the tack. This little horse is going to be so awesome.