What a gorgeous day it was today! And even better I had a PTO day. My company has a use it or lose it policy when it comes to PTO and since I had eight more hours that weren’t already scheduled I had to find a day to use it. Today ended up being the best option.
So, to enjoy my day off, I went to watch JLE work Dandy. I got there right as her working student was pulling Dandy out of his pasture and was shocked to see Dandy being an asshole. He jerked back from her and tried to go up when she wouldn’t let him take off. He than jigged the whole way up to the barn. Apparently this is how he acts now. Um. He has NEVER done that for me (unless I did something stupid like try to make him walk through a too tight space). She seemed to handle him well, I couldn’t find anything that was causing him to act goofy but I honestly don’t understand how we went from polite to nasty when being taken out of his pasture. And it’s been a long time since I’ve had to do that so I didn’t even know something was happening. I’m going to have to see if I can get over during the day and try taking him out myself. See if there’s something I’m doing that maybe they’re not? I don’t know. I’m going to have to keep my eye on this because that’s unacceptable behavior in my book.
Anyway, Dandy and JLE had a good ride though I did get to see his newest evasion technique: use the excuse of another horse in the arena to freak out about the contact. He was trying to do that with me last Friday during my lesson but we worked through it. If Dandy spent even just half of the energy he put into evading contact into being a good horse he’d probably being doing second level work now. Ugh.
Now I’m hanging out with my puppies, and making one of my favorite meals: Chicken in Thai Red Curry sauce. Usually I have it with brown rice but since I recently discovered how much I love quinoa I’m going to try it with that tonight.