Poor Ben - well that is what he'd want you to believe!
Yesterday marked 4 days in a row he was expected to do work in some capacity. Mind you, 2 days ago, we went for a long walk- so the word "work" is being used to cover a rather broad spectrum.
Yesterday, work was defined as: longeing and riding in the arena. Lots of walk on the longe, then just enough circles for him to get a rhythm at the trot, and to make sure he didn't have any funny business lurking underneath that cute little bay coat of his.
I got on, and we trotted around - a lot. Luckily, our friends Cindy and Max were in the arena too- and i was able to follow them at a careful distance which was great in keeping Ben going. We also got to practice our ability to withstand horses passing us from all directions. Oh and moving AWAY from our new BFF, Max, and maybe even trot a realllllly big circle or two.
We worked up a healthy little sweat. Ben was very well behaved, and tried really hard. I was very happy with where we ended.
But - then we had the opportunity to go ride in the Big Scary World with our friends. Some of you may chuckle when you read this- I mean- outside- what's the big deal? Well because we live in the wettest, grossest land of all- Ben and I have been stuck in the indoor arena since he's gotten to the farm. We do not have an outdoor arena - so its either small indoor, or Big Scary World. Big Scary World= our race track. Pretty controlled environment- but still big and scary- lots of horse eating mongers hiding in the bushes, for sure. There are houses build on the infield, horses pastured, dogs barking. A nursery flanks one side- so there are always people in there, tarps a flapping, you name it- its Big. AND Scary. Also- to even get to Big Scary World- there is a wooden bridge that must be crossed. Its like another planet over there.
So as our cool off walk- we went out there. Ben was great! It was so nice to ride into the sunset, literally. We had 1 spook- but he just sort of jumped in place. Not a big deal at all.
One nice lap around the track, and we were finished for the night.
Ben has a much deserved 2 days off. We resume on Friday.
PS- THANK YOU to Cindy and Max for escorting us - we appreciate it!