A few weeks ago I had some opportunities to ride and spend time with my horses. I even managed to have a few days decent enough to give some lessons. I'm hoping that they will pick up again once the weather warms up in the coming weeks. Chuck helped me give a lesson to one of my older teen students, Mia. It was her first time riding Chuck and found him to be a bit lazier than our mare Stella, who is much more forward. I also think he was testing her for this first ride. The following week we did another lesson where Mia rode another horse and i rode Chuck. He was very good and moved out for me. More evidence in my mind that he was just being stubborn and testing Mia's mettle the week before. ;)
|Mia and Chuck|
|Part of our booth @Fire n Ice festival, Lititz, Pa|
This past weekend I managed to ride both Sat. and Sunday. The first day i rode Chuck it was windy and he spooked at something moving in the wind behind him. Of course i stopped our work and he got a break while my heart beat recovered. He didn't do it again for the rest of the ride and he acted as if it never happened. Yesterday's ride was in the ring with a few of my boarders riding their horses too. About the same amount of time into our ride, Chuck did the same spook at the same spot. This time i circled him a few times and made him work for it and when we finally stopped in the ''Spooky spot'' he stood and looked like he was sulking. i think he expected another break like the day before. The rest of our ride was great and he was so well behaved . There was a mare in the arena too and i was so proud of Chuck as we cantered big circles around her and maneuvered around some of the other horses. I feel like he did well for the most part despite the fact that he hasn't been ridden very consistently this winter.