On Friday I rode Stampede out in the field for the first time this year. Other than a bit of spookiness in his usual spot he was very good and I believe enjoyed the change of scenery. We even trotted around for a few minutes each way in an effort to get everything all stretched out.
Saturday I went on a trip with a friend to a show about an hour northwest of us to help her look for a saddle. I also took my Antares saddle along so I could show it to the local brand representative and see if he thought my saddle needed to be looked at more due to an unrelenting squeak. I had already spent time squirting oil under the panels where the squeak was to no avail. The representative was concerned there could be a loose rivet, so the saddle is now off on an adventure to get checked out. Come back soon saddle, I miss you already!
Today Stampede got a lunge where I tried to find a balance between keeping him forward and keeping him stretching down. I think it went fairly well, but I’ll know for sure when I go to tack him up Tuesday and see what his attitude is.
The boys also got their teeth floated today. I get both of my boys done manually, no power tools for the ponies. Luckily Stampede was fairly cooperative and didn’t have to be drugged. P is a perfect gentleman and never requires a sedative, but Stampede clearly had a bad experience at some point. Actually I was there and he was burned during a power float, which is part of the reason I made the switch away from it. He has over time gotten less worried about having his teeth done which is great. Nothing better than having someone around to do his teeth who makes it a low drama experience for him!
I’m very sad that I have to go back to work tomorrow. Plus I don’t have any extra horses available to ride yet for the week. Hopefully I can find some ponies in need of work!