Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Feeling needy

I've been very busy for the last few days (particularly after the Amazon fiasco broke on Monday), so I haven't had a chance to ride Panama since his gelding friend died Saturday evening. I've been out there several times to blanket and unblanket, though, and each time Panama acts like he wants me to stay longer — and Breezy (the mare) whinnies repeatedly to Panama every time I take him from the corral, leaving her alone.

As a result of being upset and not having been ridden since Friday, I was expecting Panama to be a bit of a handful today. Quite the opposite turned out to be true. When I turned him out he didn't want to run, but wanted to stand with me instead, and he kept biting at my clothes periodically — he'd bite down and tug a little, so I think he was feeling needy and wanted attention.

He was also fairly subdued when we rode. We rode inside, partly because I didn't feel like getting a runny nose from the wind and partly because I didn't want him to be distracted by Breezy's whinnies. He had a nice walk with a relaxed headset, and when we trotted he gave me a nice slow trot right off the bat. My trainer set up ground poles for us and we got a pretty good ride in — I felt deliciously sore afterward, and he seemed to be in a good mood. Who knows, maybe exercise is good for a horse's mood, just like it is good for a person's!

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