Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Feelin' good!

Panama and I had an excellent day today.  First we met up with his buddy Spaghetti's owner, and turned the two of them out for a playdate.  They ran and ran, Panama with his tail curled over his back nearly the entire time — obviously he was feeling good!  So was Spaghetti, who doesn't have as much endurance as Panama, and usually quits running before Panama is quite ready.  Today, though, both of them ran for a long time!

As good as he was obviously feeling, though, Panama was (much to my surprise) still able to calm down enough for a really nice ride — and at dinnertime to boot, despite the fact that he knew his grain and hay were waiting for him.  To me, this was the most amazing thing about this evening: that he was able to not only calm down after a rousing run (which usually gets him more worked up, rather than wearing him down), AND that he was able to focus on his job when he knew it was time to eat.  Oh, and we rode in a full arena too, which normally is very distracting to him.

We rode with Spaghetti and his owner.  Most of the ride was at a walk while we chatted; Spaghetti likes to follow right behind Panama, as if we were on a trail ride, which I think says a lot about how Spaghetti views Panama.  It's also a very effective way to get Spaghetti to trot, since he isn't a big fan of hard work but is more than willing to follow his buddy.  The only thing he won't do is canter with Panama!  Panama was doing quite well tonight, so we did canter for a little bit, even though that meant leaving Spaghetti behind.

Panama is behaving so well that I think I am going to take him on a trail ride tomorrow morning.  This is dependent on him behaving himself in the arena before we go, of course, but if the last two days are anything to judge by, he'll be fine.  It is supposed to be about 45 and sunny tomorrow, so it'll be a bit chilly but not unbearably so, and the trails are all dry since we haven't had any snow to speak of yet.  It'll be our first trail ride in more than three months, so wish us luck!



At December 22, 2010 at 4:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good going - that must have been fun!

At December 22, 2010 at 10:28 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Oh, I'm sure you won't need luck. You've been doing such a good job with him. I'm jealous that you can actually ride. I have to call my mother this morning to make sure that she hasn't been asked to evacuate her home due to flooding.

At December 22, 2010 at 12:44 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

It was a great ride, Kate, and fun to watch them play beforehand, too!

NM, thanks! I just got back, and the trail ride was fabulous -- it is sunny and beautiful, and he was so well behaved! I'll blog about it in a bit.

How is your mother?


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