This weekend I was gifted with an unexpected day off, which gave me the opportunity to head down to Corvallis to visit Robyn and ride my horse. It’s been way too long and I had an absolutely glorious time. Sunday is work day (they are building a new barn and paddocks) so I got to haul lumber, lay stall mats, and wire an electric fence. Here is a video of me driving the tractor and almost, but not quite, mashing a fence. Thanks to Robyn for teaching me and recording my adventures.
I had a blast riding Cochise. It is amazing how far we have come together. When I got him 10 years ago he had only one canter lead, was afraid of velcro, puddles, and gates, stampeded through cross-ties, and bridling was a frustrating 10-15 minute process. Now he jumps like a pro, is accomplished at Natural Horsemanship, and is a barn favorite with small children. On Sunday I groomed him, lunged him, walked, trotted, cantered, backed, serpentined, and jumped him without ever putting a halter or bridle on. He is a most wonderful friend.