I haven’t written in some time now. (One day I may be doing something interesting to actually write a blog post that doesn’t consist of, ‘haven’t been doing much riding lately…’)
Reason is doing great and looks great too. Both the horses have been a little less enthused about their dry grass pasture, missing the green lush one of the winter and spring, but as the winds change and the air gets colder yet again, the green will soon be here. Just a little longer kids! The horses did have a pasture guest for a short period of time, which they both loved. Reason became quickly attached and took the 20 year old gelding under his 6 year old wings. It was cute and we all miss the little horse! The horses settled back into life with just the two of them just as quickly as they invited the other horse, so no stress or worries in that department.
Reason has been maturing so much and is such a different, but same, horse than he was 2 years ago. He’s outgrown his baby face and his baby antics and is coming into quite the gentlemen. He’s always had some great qualities, but also some challenging ones as well, that have made the journey a little tough a times. He’s incredibly smart and can be liked to a genius child who could either do wonders for the world, or.. He was a horse who verged on the ‘maybe’ and ‘no’ category with hints of ‘YES!’ but things were not easy. He is getting into the ‘YES’ horse I have known was always inside of him and to watch his expression change has been wonderful.
Unfortunately, as the usual theme, I have not been riding. Again, no riding space with appropriate footing I’m comfortable working him on on a regular basis,the horses pasture has made our riding experiences low-key. Very low-key. It’s actually been nice in a way because what riding we do, is walking some trotting, bareback in a halter. I play with him and just keep moving forward to help him ease into the horse I want him to become without any pressure or worries. As the days go by, I keep thinking about all the fun things we could do and what I need to do to get us there (horse camping, getting into jumping and Dressage, take him neat places, teach him to do the Spanish walk under saddle, passage and piaffe.. Go to clinics in all different disciplines. So much!). I want to take him to a low-key play day soon, just to be in a new place and do fun, simple things without putting him into a stressful environment I know he is not ready for at this point. I want him to be confident and happy and once we get there, we can go anywhere!