I headed out to the barn, barefooted, jeans rolled up and ready for whatever Eddie had in store for me. Feeling inspired by a bit of horsemanship by Mark Rashid and a lovely story from Angel Horses, I was ready to play! And I think Eddie was too!
I went running out to the pasture, and he came running to meet me. He was at the other end of the pasture, and at first he came walking.... then he came cantering to meet me. Of course I had a little treat for him - he loves treats!
Then we started with some small things without anything. No sticks, no ropes, not a thing. All I had to do was picture him bringing his head up, and he did, then we would be off.
We jumped over a few things, walked around, went to different objects... just... together! Then we started a fun activity. I had barrels in a circle, and a few had a treat on them. Eddie's job was to find them, as I walked with him a little bit in the middle. So he went around a few times, as I refilled the barrels. By the time we did that a few times, he was walking purposefully around the circle, checking each barrel for a snack! It was really fun, and then of course, the last one came from me. So he was really intrigued and happy to play! To end things on a perfectly awesome note, we did a 'victory lap' together, soaring over jumps, cantering around, and ended up on the pedestal.
It was a wonderful play time!
And hopefully tomorrow, we'll be able to ride. I think he was a little bit sleepy today. ;-) But maybe we'll even ride tonight, who knows! It was just a lot of fun!
~Lea & Eddie~
1 Peter 3:8Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.