So this morning I woke up at 5:00 and told myself that I would CERTAINLY fall back to sleep. Beans decided since I was up he might as well get into bed to give me some quality Beans time. Usually a purring cat will put me right to sleep, however I was too busy falling underneath Kiwi’s judgemental stare.
See it doesn’t matter if Kiwi doesn’t want to curl up with me, that spot right next to my pillow is his, and damnation to those who a) trespass or b) allow trespass.
Anyway, I would prefer that Matt not leave me, and if I kept thrashing around, I don’t see how it could have ended any other way. So I got up, had some coffee and since it’s going to be crazy oven-hot today, I headed out to the barn.
Woody seemed happy to see me; he was headed out to the far end of the field, but turned around when I called him. He has just about earned himself a fly mask. We had to use some tough love re: Woody’s disposition toward flies. He seems to have settled and accepted them as a way of horsey life, so I’ll get him a mask this week.
Today we decided to ride in the indoor, ALL BY OURSELVES!!!! Woody was, of course, a super star. We walked, we trotted, we cantered, we reigned supreme.
I set up some trot cavaletti and after walking through them a few times both directions I trotted through them. Woody is a thinker, and going through those cavaletti was no different. I told Allie on the phone this morning that it was like he was pausing with each stride, so our ride looked like this:
trot-trot-trot-trot up to the cavaletti, then trot——-trot——-trot—— through them. I swear he paused for two seconds during each stride like he was saying “OK, so I’ve got these two feet between these two poles here…. ok, now I’m going to do the same with these other two feet…. and boing.”
Like he NEEDS to get any cuter.
We ended our ride by walking to the end of the drive, trotting over the little log and then cantering the rest of the way up taking the ditch on our way. We were quite pleased with ourselves.
I’ll try to get some pictures of His Cuteness next time.