Today, I got to work out in the morning again, because my Mommy was certain that it was going to rain. She came to the barn about an hour after I’d finished my breakfast – same time as yesterday – and we got ready to ride. It wasn’t exactly cold this morning – not cold enough for me to wear a quarter sheet or for Mommy to wear a jacket – but it was misty and damp, and when the wind started to blow, it did feel a little brisk.
Mommy wanted to jump a Swedish oxer today. She said that we could maybe jump as big as 4 feet high today, if I behaved. But… I have to admit, I didn’t behave all that well. I was hyper, and a little too excited to be jumping again!
So we mostly worked on staying calm and keeping a steady, relaxed pace to the jump. Sometimes when I’m hyper, I tend to rush the last few strides to the jump; Mommy had to work a little harder than normal to keep my pace even. I knocked the jump pole down a couple times before I finally calmed down and listened to my Mommy as she said, “Easy… Slowly…” and gave me quiet encouragement.
Finally, when the middle of the Swedish oxer was set about 3 feet and 3 inches high, I calmed down and jumped it perfectly a couple times from each direction. Mommy made a big fuss over me and told me what a good boy I was!
After that, the air was wet and I could feel droplets spraying me from the grey clouds that covered the entire sky. Mommy decided that we probably didn’t have too much more time before it began to rain, so she said that I could be finished. We always like to end on a good note, so that she and I both feel good about our ride.
It never ended up actually raining, but it was misty and damp all day. I got to spend a lot of time eating grass in the side paddock with my best friend, Leo. We still haven’t been into our favorite big field since it turned into a lake, though. The lake is gone, but the field itself is still very muddy. Daddy said we might get to go into it soon. Until then, I’ll take whatever paddock has grass!
After spending the day in the paddock with Leo, I got to come back into a cozy, clean stall with a bunch of steamed hay just waiting to be eaten. Mommy even came back at the end of the day to say goodnight, and we took a couple pictures together. We love posing for pictures together!
I get to have the day off tomorrow since I worked four days in a row. I’m not especially tired or anything, but you know my Mommy and her rules! So I guess I’ll see y’all tomorrow. Have a great night, friends!