This year, he actually takes pressure exponentially better than last year. I mean, last week we did dressage THREE RIDES IN A ROW and he was shockingly ok with it. Now we didn't do the same exercises those days, but he showed up with his brain turned on and it was great.
That means I need to mix it up to reward him. And it was a holiday weekend. And Monica did this cool uber-patriotic photoshoot with her boys (again). And hello, have you ever wondered how hard it is to carry a flag on a hot, reactive OTTB*?
|Wherein Courage meets a flag for the first time.|
|must bite to determine scariness level|
|this is a very patriotic barn when the sky is blue|
|of facebook fame|
So I stayed on the ground. However, the problem with horse girls is that one we hatch a crazy plan, we all want to go through with it. Awesome barn buddy played with the flag next and... yeah I've redacted her horse's identity. Let's just say that she is a brave and kickass rider but sometimes the ground gets you anyways.
|it wasn't the flag that got him even|
And that's the story of how I let Courage decompress after a hard training week. Oh and also I'm possibly already plotting a gameday photoshoot for football season with a flag. I'll keep you posted.
*As for how hard it is to carry a flag, the answer is much respect to Monica. Either her horses are flipping amazing or she's batshit crazy or both.