Saturday evening diary – a fun day with Alfie

Our 2nd ride since coming off of 6 1/2 weeks of rest went very well. Alfie had a lot of energy again but a bit more controlled, and he wanted to trot, so we did. His stamina needs time to build back to where he was but he lasted about 40 min before really getting tired so that was a sign we are headed in the right direction.

I know I’ve mentioned this before, when Alfie gets tired he starts tossing his head. Well today there was a lot of head tossing and literally dragging me into the center of the arena, as if to say, the ride is over. Well I can recognize a tantrum when I see one and this was a full on tantrum, complete with foot stomping. This was more about testing boundaries than being tired.

But I didn’t get flustered and I didn’t get frustrated. I simply was persistent and confident and won the battle. By the time the lesson was done the tantrum was over and we were able to complete some decent 20 meter circles in both directions.

As I’m untacking him, I tell him how proud of him I am and how much I love him. I take out my phone to take our blog selfie and this is what I got…

Hmmm…I kinda want to play with the vest…
Here looks like a good place to pull…
Yep, I’m just gonna give this a little tug…
Darn…the vest didn’t taste nearly as good as I thought…

After his tantrum – he still loves me.❤️🐴

Published by Judy Bennett

I am a middle aged married woman who finally was able to make her childhood dream come true. In 2016 I purchased my first horse - a beautiful older gent that I named Alfie. This blog is dedicated to everyone who loves horses and wants to see the good, the bad and the ugly of learning how to ride.

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