My horse is great. It seems that the more years pass we get to be closer and closer. My roomate and I went to the barn last night because she also has a breeding stock paint mare there as well. We piled the 3 dogs and the 2 of us and headed the 12 miles out. Possum came right up to me in the paddock and gladly came into the barn isle to be cross tied. I groomed, picked and clipped him for almost an hr. He stood stock still while I did his ears and legs and his whiskers. It was almost as if he knew he was getting ready for a show.
Then my friend and I got on bareback and played in the putdoor arena. Possum is always funny when you first get on bareback. He likes to play with me and hump his back up especially when cantering and do these carousel little bucks. It feels like we're hopping around the area and then he settles right down, but it always makes me laugh while trying to pull his head up from between his front legs. he always knows how to add a little personailty into everything. So we played around on the flat and decided to jump some lines that were about 2'6". He was great, the striding was perfect and we were getting all flying changes in the corners. It was so fun just riding my horse bareback in shorts and barefeet and feeling his whole body. I could tell that he had a lot of fun too, he was literally smiling and looked very proud of himself.
So tonight hopefully if it cools off any I'll attempt a ride with real clothes and a saddle on. Last week I burnt the back side of my leg getting off a motorcycle (I know, stupid!) and it is still pretty sore and the blisters have popped on one side of the burn. SO I don't know how boots and chaps will do but I'll try it.
So I gave him a quick brushing after and then put on his fly mask and sprayed him and let him out to eat his dinner. As we were driving down the driveway on our way home I yelled to him and he perked his head up as he always does. He really is a good boy and I love him. He may be an ugly nasty, non athletic 15.3 hand mutt but he's all mine and I know that horse would do anything that I ask him and that is a great feeling. Everyone always says that we make a good pait and I'm not sure if that's a compliment or an insult hehehe. Have a great day everyone. Above is a picture slightly exhagerated of a horse bucking like Possum.