Okay, so since I totally forgot to post yesterday I'll tell you my plan today. I've decided to do the Couch to 5k while riding instead of in hand since I can't keep up with him and longeing is bad for his stifles. I'm going to ride every other day so that his back has a day off to rest and strengthen. I'm going to keep things at a walk for a while to get him used to carrying weight. When we're up to an hour of walking easily I'll start adding trot and do the Couch to 5k. :D So that's the plan for now.
Now on to today. I rode for twenty minutes again at the walk, with only a couple of short trots (because I can't resist!). He did great. It was cooler today, so when I started walking him up the driveway he was giving everything the hairy eyeball and acting like he was soooo scared. Haha!! I've rarely ever seen him actually scared of anything. The funny thing is that I had just led him up the driveway two hours earlier to let him graze lol.
It was really interesting though because I got to see what he does when he's spooked. All he did was stop and stare with his head as high as it would go, then he tried to spin around to go back toward the pasture, but I didn't let him get more than a step into the spin. So that tells me he'll be the type to spin around and run for home..... fun lol. I guess it's better than explosive spooks that can unseat a rider hehe.
While riding he also walked right over the hay bale! :D I expected him to try to duck out and not walk over it, but he didn't even hesitate. Good boy! He's also doing really well with standing still (although he has been trying to walk off while mounting so we will have to work on that... although in his defense I used a fallen tree instead of my mounting block haha!) although he does occasionally paw the air when he gets bored or impatient.
So it was a fun ride... although walking around the yard is getting extremely boring! I can't wait to get out on the trail. Anyway here are some pictures I took earlier in the day. I spent almost all day outside. I love this weather (okay it's a tiny bit cool for me, but that's okay)!
Still sooo narrow hehe.
Gorgeous! Such a poser! :D
Turned his head slightly. He should get paid for modeling huh? :D
Playing around with the focus.
He was in such a cute, playful mood and was following me around. Look at that tongue!
Chrome and Faran in almost the exact same pose hehe.
Chewing the tips off of saplings... weird horse!
Eating more saplings... can you tell he was raised by a donkey? :)
Grazing. Aren't the flowers behind him pretty?
Here is a close up of the flowers.
I have so much fun with my horse! :D