Sorry no pictures, but this was a boring ride (thank goodness!) so that's okay.
Rocky was an angel!!!!!!!
Neither one of us wanted to ride because hubby's back hurt and my shoulder hurt, but we had to go for a short ride to see if Rocky was going to act better. He did!
Since both horses were being so good we only went a total of a quarter of a mile and maybe fifteen minutes on the road. Then because hubby's back was hurting he got off and stood with Rocky while I rode for another ten minutes around the house. Chrome was acting sore at the beginning of the ride (an hour was probably a bit much yesterday....), but I trotted him around at the house and he was acting totally fine. I was worried he was lame or something. I always think the worst lol.
We wanted to keep the ride short because Rocky was being really good. He didn't balk. He didn't try to turn around. He didn't fight the reins. He didn't do anything wrong. We thought maybe it was because he was tired from the longeing (because he's out of shape), but after we rode we let them graze in the yard and he trotted around and chased Chrome. I think he was just choosing to cooperate because it was easier. Rocky is a lazy horse and the fact that he was trotting around after the ride means he couldn't have been too sore.
I am! My poor arm and shoulder are sore from being dragged around, but luckily it's not nerve pain. It's just normal muscle soreness like what you'd get after a workout.
All in all I'd say we made progress. Hopefully Rocky will now realize if he's going to be barn sour he will go home and work on longeing, but if he's not barn sour he will have a short, pleasant ride and then go home and get to graze. He's smart and I don't think it will take long for him to figure out.
P.S. I forgot to mention that Rocky was terrified of the whip yesterday and I never touched him with it. I don't remember him being afraid of it when I used it to keep him away from us when he was charging us over the food aggression... but maybe I made him scared of it then?? Or maybe he's been hit with one before we got him? He didn't seem clueless about longeing so I wouldn't be surprised if he's been longed or round penned before. Maybe he was hit with it then? I'm not sure, but I spent a lot of time after longeing him just rubbing him with the whip and he eventually calmed down. So I don't know if I caused it during the food aggression thing when he first got here or if it's something from his past, but either way I'll be sure to spend plenty of time desensitizing and showing him it's just a tool we use and not a weapon. Rocky is a complicated horse I'm learning, but he will totally be worth it when we figure everything out. :)