It’s been two months since Prem/Bob arrived at his new home in sunny Leicestershire, and his character is really showing through now.
From the gentle little wicker I get in the mornings, to the full-blown YES!’ of a wicker I get at tea-time, he’s proving he has a sense of occasion.
And a sense of humour.
Like when I’m skipping out and he clamps his teeth on the shavings fork and tries to carry it around the box for me.
And the way he won’t let me top up his water bucket without taking a good long pull at the water before I put it in.
And let’s also mention the way he won’t take water from the automatic drinker in the first place.
Such a character.
Prem/Bob is up to 15-minutes of in-hand walking per day.
The vet said he would rather that we didn’t use the walker, so for 15-minutes a day Prem/Bob and I walk purposefully around the arena.
After just ambling about, leaving random tracks in the equirubber/sand surface, I hit on a cunning plan to raise the boredom threshold.
We are walking almost every dressage test I’ve ever ridden (and a couple that I’ve only judged, not ridden).
We had a few sticky moments with Medium 71 the other day, but that was partly down to a young horse pratting about in a nearby paddock, and Prem’s/Bob’s natural inclination to run through the bridle (we almost didn’t stay at walk).
As well as following these patterns in walk, we are also working on our halt to walk, and walk to halt transitions.
They’re not exactly snappy yet, but at least these transitions are becoming established.
His halts are now usually square in front, but he trails his hind legs as if they were stuck on with Bluetack as an afterthought.
Prem’s/Bob’s second leg-scan is due mid-to-late September.
I’m hoping that the Vet will say we can consider saddling up, even if we do need to keep the work at low-level, zero-impact.
In the meantime, we’re just going to keep working our way through British Dressage and British Eventing dressage tests.
An unexpected bonus of mucking Prem/Bob out twice a day is that I have shed 3/4 of a stone, and I’m nearly back at my riding competition weight.