I should really call him my big, giant, expensive and dirty dog, but I think at this point the word dirty is an understatement of the level of filth that my child has attained this days. Who knew the hardest part of not blanketing my horse would be in spring for mud prevention!
So anyway, last week when I was struggling you all mentioned that I just needed to go on a trail ride. The thing is, I don’t have a horse to do that on at this second so I can’t just go on the trail ride. I have basically just been a lesson kid since last summer, and at this second I don’t even have lessons anymore.
With Gen’s let shaking under extra pressure as of late I am a little worried about my pony. I was thinking about what I could do to help him out. Since I am not sure if the shaking is coming because it is tired or because it is strained I am not sure what to do. This weekend I decided that either way, maybe if I gave Gen a little mental stimulation he would be better in his field and not run so much. What could I do to entertain my retired horse?
So I brilliantly decided that Gen and I would go for a walk. I would put his boots on just to be safe, but getting a little extra exercise and doing something together would do us both good. It sounded like such a good plan. Yesterday I grabbed my pony, cleaned him up and walked him out the front of the barn. Gen’s world is very, very small these days. He just has his stall, the barn cross ties, and his field. As soon as we cleared the door I noticed an extra pep in his step. Gen was excited to be doing something different! I kicked myself for not thinking of this earlier!
So here I am patting myself on the back as Gen and I start to walk down the driveway, well I am walking, Gen is strutting. The barn I board at is really close to a tail system so my goal for yesterday was just to walk to the entrance to the trails. It was maybe a quarter mile down the driveway and then just a few hundred feed on the road to the entrance and we would turn back. If that walk went well I figured I would buy a pass to the trail system and make this more of a routine. There is nothing as good for clearing the mind as a walk through the woods on your horse, even if you have to walk next to them.
Anyway, so as we are walking Gen is getting more and more up. I am reminding him of his ground manners every few steps but in the excitement of being out he is finding it hard to contain himself. We make about 10 steps away from the end of the fence line (which is halfway down the driveway) before Gen can’t contain himself and tries to make a run for it. I stopped him but he kept trying, and trying so I eventually gave up and went back to the barn with a horse who was very, very excited.
I had his head when he was being bad, so it was no big deal, but it showed me something. I always tease that Gen is my dog, but that is not true. People can walk a dog. I can’t do that with Gen…at least not if I want to keep my arm attached. It was good though, because now I have a goal with Gen. Gen needs to learn how to walk to the road! I am so happy to have a goal with him. It is slightly pathetic that my horse can’t even control himself to walk to the end of the driveway, but it is a sign that I need to do more with him. I am hoping that he will knock off the naughty behavior or else I will have to stop so as not to hurt his leg. I can’t wait to see how far down we get today!