Ollie and I went through our paces for her. He was very sane and calm today. I think that's because I worked his little butt off the day before.
Tuesday, Betsy had ridden him for training. He was a freak but to defend him, we had wicked wild winds with gusts up to 50mph. The indoor arena was making all sorts of scary noises. Windy days are just plain scary. So I decided I better work him well before I had the saddle fitter out. I rode him on Wednesday and Matt came out to shoot some photos.
I started out by longeing him
and he was pretty good but had a ton of energy
Then I got on him... He was still a little jumpy because it was still a little breezy but nothing like the day before. I had him stand next to the mounting block and as I put one foot in the stirrup and swung the other leg over him, he spooked! I ended up sitting on him behind the saddle. I managed to do some fancy riding and did a perfect flying dismount while still holding Ollie. Thankfully he did not buck at all.
I got him settled down and went to the mounting block and managed to get on without incident. He had a little get up and go so I kept him at the walk for a long time until I felt he had stopped worrying and relaxed.
He was great until I asked him to trot. Then his head went straight up and in the far corner of the arena he would go sideways. Like a little sidewinder...
Going straight was not easy for him at the trot! He kept trying to think what my next move would be. He's such a little worrier!
So today I wondered what he would do...
He was a saint! He was relaxed, forward, really straight for him and no sidewinder action! I was so proud! I'm wondering if the Tums I gave him before I rode him helped... just a thought.