It almost looks like his front legs are crossed because of the shadow lol!
I completely did not take into account the fact that Chrome has not been for a walk in over a month and that we haven't practiced in the new halter, so he was very dull to it (used to his rope halter) as well as being very up since we went a new way he's never been before. He really was not horrible, just very distracted. On a good note though he did not step on me or run in to me (and he's never tried to drag me), not even when he spooked once when a huge truck drove up behind us (then proceeded to ignore the other four we saw; it was one of those huge round silver eighteen wheeler trucks).
I got some video, but I don't have time to edit it right now, so I'll share it later. So anyway when we got to the end of our road our neighbors were driving by and stopped for a chat and so that their kids could say hi to Chrome. When we got done talking we went to cross the highway. It was a lot busier than I thought it was going to be, but we waited for a big break in traffic and crossed.
On the other side we walked the ditch, which was very wide and gradually climbs uphill with a four foot drop back down to the road. I thought that it eventually ran into a side road, but there was a line of trees and thickets that went all the way to the ditch, so we had to climb down the ditch back to the road to go around. Chrome did really well and made his way slowly down into the ditch. We hurried to the side road, went around the corner store to the road behind it. I didn't want to cross the parking lot because people fly into there to park. We went behind the store and back into the ditch across the road from the local elementary school.
There were a bunch of kids screaming, running and jumping on the playground across the street at the school. Chrome totally ignored them. We crossed another road into a large grassy area that was part of a cow pasture, but they cut the corner with the fencing instead of going to the road for some reason. I got him away from the road and let him graze as a reward for being calm. Here are some pictures of him grazing. I was trying to be artistic lol.
I'll have to go back down there, but I'm pretty sure the ground wasn't sloped . . . is he really that butt high??
Doesn't his blue halter looks great with the blue sky? :)
That's the school behind him, across the street. :)
So anyway, next we have the bad news. I told him it was time to go and he completely ignored me. Brat! I tried pulling his head up, but he ignored it. So I reached down to grab his halter right as he finally decided to go with me and popped his head up . . . directly into my face!!! Luckily it was the soft part of his nose into my lower jaw and lip. I bit my lip bad enough to fill my mouth with blood. I'm fine though. Wasn't as bad as it felt at the time. I know it was totally an accident, so I'm not mad at him. It was simply us moving into the same space at the same time.
So what is the best method for making a horse lighter to pressure off of a flat nylon halter? I've been using a rope halter with him for so long (because it's adjustable and I didn't want to buy a bunch of halters that he would outgrow) that he thinks he can just ignore the blue one. Sigh. Any hints? Anyway here are some more pictures, but keep reading because I'll tell you below what we worked on when we got back home.
He did a lot better going home. I think the grazing really helped him calm down.
Instead of climbing the four foot ditch again we crossed the road early and cut across the church parking lot. I love the above picture and the one below because another one of those huge trucks went by and he went into big time FFA (Full Friesian Alert). Too cute!
I still love that halter!!
Silly boy decided the church flowers tasted good LOL!
Also when I have time we had some fun in a puddle in the church parking lot that I'll have to share. He was very uncertain about it (never seen a puddle on pavement before), but did go through it and was so cute!
When I got hot I threw my jacket over Chrome's back so he could carry it for me. :)
The jacket looks like saddlebags lol.
Checking out the neighbor on his four wheeler.
His expression isn't good in this one but I included it because it looks like he's carrying the sun on his back lol.
So I guess I'm a little frustrated for myself for not teaching him how to respond to a flat halter. It just never crossed my mind. I was happy with the majority of his behavior on the walk though.