As you know, Ollie has been doing well as a calm, settled recreational pony for me lately. I figured the aliens had taken away the over-active, busy body horse I originally had. But alas, the busy body came back the other morning. SIGH...
I worked Ollie in the round pen fully tacked up. I kept thinking to myself that today was going to be the day I get back on him and he'll behave like a normal horse. He decided that he had a need for speed and sped around, bucking and tossing his head. I was so disappointed. He worked himself into a lather in no time at all. He eventually went around nicely and in the end, he was following me around like a puppy dog. I was pleased with how we ended but bummed about his need for speed when we started out.
Then came today.
I took him to the round pen again and we started out with walk/trot transitions. He did them perfectly. Then I asked him to canter. No problem! I felt that today was the day to get back on him. What a nice horse! He stood at the mounting block, he was actually a little lazy about going around the ring and not once did his hind end want to pass the front end! I was thrilled. I even went through the Introductory Dressage test with him (it's only walk/trot) and he went around very well! He even halted perfectly square. I wanted to do cartwheels. I'm so excited because of his attitude. He was calm, willing to work and not trying to out think me at any time.
I'm just busting with pride over my calm, settled, recreational pony!!
|Ollie and me. Photo by Holly Tonini, a Capture The Light Photography Workshop attendee!|