Well, I was planning on having a full day of working with Smokey to report on, but Mother Nature has different plans for the end of the week.
Last night, I hustled from work up to the barn just in time for the thunder to roll in and the storm clouds to gather. I decided on the way up that I didn’t want to risk getting stuck in the arena with Smokey while he was spooking at thunder or lightening or trees falling or something weird happening during a storm, so if it was going to storm (which it was) I would just visit with him in the pasture and maybe do some leading exercises out there.
By the time I got there, there was pretty frequent thunder and lightning. Juliette was finishing up a lesson that had been cut short due to the weather so I briefly stopped to say hi.
“He was just up here a minute ago” – Juliette
Darn you, Smokey. He was in the very far corner of the pasture with his mare friends.
So I hoofed it out there to see him and feed him a couple carrots. I didn’t even try to put the halter on since as soon as I got to him, it started raining. I fed him a carrot, or rather, he took the whole thing in his mouth (please don’t choke yourself, silly animal) and then spit it back out on the ground when he couldn’t eat it all at once (does he need his teeth floated?). I can feel the Mom-Paranoia setting in.
Anyhow, it was good to see him after spending a whole 24 hours away from him. He’s just so dang adorable. Juliette says he’s getting a little better with not being so in your face friendly to everyone in his pasture, so maybe he’s settling in some. I’ll bet I have trouble catching him in the next week or so.
Mother Nature has storms on tap for this evening too (thanks, tropical storm Andrea). Hopefully I can beat them up there and get some longeing in, or maybe I’ll just have to settle with finishing up my tack “room” tonight. We shall see!