Granite finally put his thinking cap on Sunday morning! He was actually getting the point of me leading him from his shoulder. He is still having problems stopping when I stop, but he is getting it. We made progress and I was really proud of him.
Then I headed out to Applewood. to ride Chance. It was so windy. I thought I was back home on the coast. We started out in the outdoor arena.
His buddy in the pasture was calling for him and the tall pines were squeaking and bending. He walked around nicely, but when my friend Ari brought her mare, Mayday, down to the arena, Chance really wanted to get spooky.
'steady eddy' may have gotten a little nervous in that kind of wind.
So, I finally brought Chance up to the indoor arena. It was squeaking so much, I think I spooked a few times. It was tough because with my weak, weak ankles and the tall boots and Mr. Spooky McSpookster made it impossible for me to ride for too long before my right ankle gave out (I couldn't walk around at ease or circle my ankle for any relief bc of all of those factors). This getting back into shape stuff sucks! I just want to be able to ride and accomplish things without the physical set backs getting in the way... *sigh*.
PS: I may or may not be (hint- the answer is may) falling in love with Chance. He is such a fun and honest guy. He is rarely noted as special in his plain brown wrapper at this fancy show barn, but he has a heart of gold.