Thursday, January 1, 2009

Second afternoon in a row at the barn

I wrote my 2009 New Year's resolutions several days ago, so I feel confident in saying that I'm already off to a great start in keeping my horse-related resolution: For the first time in ages, I spent two afternoons in a row at the barn, yesterday and today.

Today was an even better day than yesterday for quality time with my horse. He seemed happy to see me, and readily approached me when I brought out his halter. I took him into the back pasture again to tie him up and brush him. So that we didn't have the same troubles as yesterday with pent-up energy, I played chase with him a bit before lunging him. Whether for that reason or because he's enjoying being worked again, he was an absolute angel on the lunge line today.

Panama didn't get as sweaty today, so I just gave him a good brushing after our lunging session. When I took him back into the front pasture, he acted like he didn't want our time together to end: He just stood there and faced me, and I had to shoo him off so that I could close the gate behind us. Then he followed me to the tack room, pinning his ears and trying to nip at my clothes, like he used to do when I'd take him off the green pasture at the other barn when he didn't want to go. I scolded him, of course, and he stopped, but I think it was because he didn't want me to put everything away and leave.

It was unbelievably nice to spend another afternoon at the barn. Unfortunately, it looks like we might have some cold weather again this weekend, but I'm going to try not to let it keep me from the barn. I've enjoyed getting out there regularly again, and the weekends are the best time for me to spend time with Panama!

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