Dickie and I had our third ride last week. I can't seem to get pictures. My ground person for the first two rides had their hands full. I decided to do this ride without a ground person. I know him well enough to trust that he isn't a bolter. He might buck or rear in protest but he won't take off. At this point I want him to start focusing on me more than the person leading him. Sooooo I worked him in the round pen until he was focused and I hopped on. I was sure this time someone would be around for photos. There were lessons going on in the main arena so people were coming and going from the other barns.
I had hoped one of those people would snap a photo with their camera. Sadly only one person walked by and she didn't have her phone with her. I was determined to get some kind of evidence. We walked over and I handed her my phone. That was the end of my ride because his attention was now her. She did however manage to get a couple of photos before I got off.
I am so proud of him!! It was a super chaotic day. The horses were being fed, some were being led in from paddocks, people were heading past the round pen to lessons, cars were coming and going, people stopped to peek into the round pen. He had a really hard time keeping his attention on me. Even with all that finally gave in and stood by the mounting block (we have never worked on the mounting block outside) and was a rock when I got on. I still shocks me that he doesn't react at all I get. It is a total non issue. Good boy!!
|For every one decent photo I have 20 deleted nostril photos.|
|Seeee I really am up there!! No foolin'|
|Isn't he cuuuuuute!!! He looks so little all tacked up. He still has so much filling out to do.|