This time it has been even longer between posts... I'm totally guilty, but it has been a really busy week! So last Thursday I got on Alex again, this time by myself. We went into the "scary" arena and boy was he a ball of nerves! To be fair, there was a lesson going on in the other arena, someone riding on the track, geese in the field next to us and a horse grazing across the way. Still I don't like excuses, so I knew we just had to get through it. Alex was tense and head up in the air like a giraffe. He spent a lot of time trying to shake me loose. I growled at him, urged him forward and smacked him in the shoulder with the crop trying to be confident and tough. Same routine going the other direction. I let him canter a few strides and he behaved himself, so I called it a day. Then after all that work, I had to go out of town :-( I really wanted to stay home and keep working, but my grandmother's 85th birthday was beckoning.
Monday I was so hopeful we could go back to work, but unfortunately my real job demanded a late night, so Alex would have to wait. Tuesday night I arrived at the barn, ready to go and found my horse with two very swollen back pasterns and fetlocks....great. Long story short, I had just added some alfalfa pellets to his feed and he was allergic to them! FINALLY on Friday, all signs were go. So after a short lunging, I was back in the saddle again. Alex was not as tense, but definitely still trying to shake me loose. He was also adding some bouncing and a few attempted bucks to the routine. One thing I can say, our rides are never dull :-) So we got through it... and that is what I think we're going to have to do for a while... just get through it.