I brought Rosso home bright and early last Saturday morning.
Anthony, the cowboy, he'd been with for training followed me home and rode him up the road to show me once and for all that Rosso would be FINE.
Poor Anthony - you could see him rolling his eyes at me and my butt only sits on 2 horses that I own, not 10 horses a day and different horses all the time. I don't exactly have the knowledge and confidence he does.
I followed him in his truck and watched how Rosso handled it all... cars whizzing by cuz no one drives slow out in the country, cows on the side of the road and most importantly LLAMAS!
There is this llama farm 1/2 way up the road to my regular trainer's house. I wanted to see Rosso when he was really afraid of something... Anthony got to the house with llamas. There was one llama standing at the fence. Rosso didn't react to the ONE llama. Anthony was teasing me yelling, "Look at the scary llama!"
And then a herd of 15 llamas came galloping to join the lone llama. It's as if they were lying in wait for Rosso! He spooked pretty well but it's not like he bolted or took off bucking like a rodeo bronc... Anthony rode him past the herd o' llamas a couple times and continued on his way. It was good for me to see.
We got to Rex's, Anthony jumped into his truck and took off. I hopped up on Rosso and had my lesson.
After it was over, there was no way home but to ride.... I swallowed and took off down the road. Furry Husband showed up in his car to make sure I'd be o.k. and took a couple o' pix.
I tell you, I was so excited and happy to be riding my big, red gelding down the road. It's my goal to get him out for trail rides this summer along with his formal Dressage training. I almost felt bad - like he would be happier as a trail horse than a Dressage horse and then I woke up...
after all, he is living the high life with his small herd, turned out into pasture, well fed, well kept with vaccinations, regular farrier work, worming etc. - the LEAST he can do is give me an hour a day for "work".
As a reward we'll hit the trails... there are MUCH, MUCH worse situations he could be in. Pooor, poooor pony. Just look at 'im. Don't you feel bad for 'im? *snort*