|One of those "awkward moment" kinds of pictures...|
I do not ride like this.
This little guy is six, and he has Opinions. Our ring is a pond, and he was like, "Uh uh honey, I am NOT swimming today." He attempted to leap out from under me sideways at the last minute several times at the trot, but I'm handy with a crop and I have strong legs, so we reached an understanding. He did some cute trot work, and so I legged him into a canter. He was flying around the ring. We would have made time on prelim xc. I didn't feel like I was being run away with, he was just really going places, and the idea was for us to see what his default settings are under saddle, not for me to finesse a hunter eq round out of him. The kids have to be able to ride him.
What he really, really didn't like was when I asked him for a circle, probably 30 meters, at the canter. He got super into bucking, and he picked the wrong rider to try that with, because he found himself galloping around the ring while I held the reins on one hand and the crop in the other looking for the mildest hint of anything sketchy. He also had to slow down when I asked, circle on my whim, and canter through the damn puddles. He was much much better after that, and walked nicely on a loose rein for awhile. I popped him over a couple little jumps, and by the end of that whole experiment, I really liked him. We'll have to see if he can fit into the lesson program, but damn, it was fun to ride a bucking pony.
Lex update: She is on the mend, and super snuggly. She wants me to hang out with her in her stall all day and hug her. I think she'd also really like to go outside. In one of our sixteen thunderstorms of the day today, right before I got there this afternoon (second visit of the day), she was hanging her head out her stall window. Her whole head was soaked, but when I dared to cold hose her hock, she acted like I was throwing acid on her. I'm glad she's not angry about her stall rest yet. I can hand-graze her tomorrow for five minutes as long as she'll be quiet. Usually, if she can eat, she's a happy girl.
What are your recommendations for entertaining a silly young horse on stall rest?