S sent me out to fetch my mount, and after getting pointed to the correct pasture, I went to go find him. She said to just call his name and he'd come right up to me. Well, that wasn't quite true, but when I walked toward the herd of horses, he was like the third one to approach me. I petted the first one who arrived, an adorable stocky black gelding with a lopped-off tail. Then the palomino paint colt with blue eyes came up to me, and even though he's pretty young, he clearly loves people, and wanted lots of attention. Finally, Nevets came up to me, so I scratched and rubbed him a bit, then set about unbuckling the halter to put it on him, but apparently he's friendly enough, but doesn't actually like being CAUGHT. S hadn't warned me about that, or I might have been a little more strategic with hiding the halter and rope, and being ready to use it when the moment was right. Oops. So I ignored him for a bit, paying attention to the other two attention whores. He came back, but once again would stay long enough to be caught. By this point, S realized my plight and came out to help me. Apparently the trick is to at least get your arm around his neck (or something else--she used her hat with string ties), and then he comes willingly. Well, I'll know next time. :-)
We tacked up and loaded up without incident, and headed out to a local trailhead. I've got to admit, I had butterflies when getting on him, but even though he was kind of a head-tosser at times, once I was on him, I felt just fine.
When we first started out, it was snowing pretty hard, and there was a dusting on the ground.
|Maybe we had a little bit of fun today. Maybe. :-)|
|Yup, it was fun!|
Thanks, S, for inviting me and loaning your horse. He and I had a great time together. :)
Oh, and I did say hi to Trigger (he recognizes my voice when I holler at him from across the farm, even from S' truck), and gave him a few treats. He was cozy out in his paddock with a blanket on. No nibbles on him of late, but S renewed all the ads out there, so hopefully soon...