I went out about 1:30 to see Tucks St. Aly, and just had him do his bends and then took him for about a 45 minute walk, just grazing. He was all keyed up and had a TON of energy from being cooped up for almost 2 days, and the cold weather made him frisky.
I decided to let him loose in the pasture but stay with him for a bit, so he could run but not get worried without me. When I started taking him towards his stall I could tell he was thinking, ” Are you kidding me? I have to go in there again already???!?”
We went through and he realized we were heading for the pasture and was all happy. We went into the pasture and I took off his lead rope. He stepped around carefully, with, I could tell, a lot of energy built up inside of him. A bird squeaked or the pony moved, or something, made him put his head down and do these 3 or 4 very lively buck/hops and take off cantering, mane flying around the pasture. I just stood in the corner and watched happily, but he moseyed over to me and I could tell he wanted me to get involved! So, I thought, lunging? I took the lunge whip and just stood in the middle of the circle, and didn’t even motion to him and he started trotting right around me; he walk, trot, canter both ways so happily and I could tell he totally enjoyed himself. I got a few good pics of it too.
Then when it seemed he’d had a good workout, I took off halter, lead rope and let him free, and took a breather against the fence. After walking around a bit, he came over to me, so I started walking around and he followed; I stopped, he stopped, I turned, he turned. I thought goodness, ” Aly you need to get your blood moving, run around!!”
Then I got an idea, I started jogging around the circle where he normally lunges and kissed to him, he walked after me, but as I directed more energy to him and encouraged him he picked up a trot and followed me right around; we circled, and went both ways, all the while Aly trotting along so briskly after me!
Then I thought, oh my goodness this is glorious, and had to try even more, so I veered off, down the pasture, and sped up a bit – he followed right along, tossing his head. We must have played like that for a good hour off and on, and I could tell we both had a blast.
I told my mom when I talked to her on the phone afterwards, Aly just gave me one of the best days of my life, and it was too. It was a superb feeling to see him enjoying himself and feeling so good and wanting me to enjoy myself too, with him! Then we were done, and I told him, I was sorry but I was exhausted! He said ok and went over and had a great roll.
Today’s time with him really showed me what a great excercise time you can have with your horse even if you dont’ have time or strength right then to ride, and still have such a wonderful and positive time with him! Aly and I both got lots of excercise and he was very respectful and I think it was 100% good for both of us! What a wonderful afternoon, ended by his having a nice warm dinner and enjoying it to the max as well!
The “A Team”