By the time I got home from hill conditioning yesterday, cleaned up and put away Desire, and sprayed down the inside of my trailer (prep for the ride next weekend & wanted to check the floorboards under the mats, more pleasant when things are clean) trainer B had arrived. Joey has been adventuring out on ponied trail rides with Blaze and I but hadn't had a formal training session in 2 weeks. I had noticed he and Blaze having the beginning of a standoff when I got home with Desire, after I had just been rhapsodizing to N on the trail about what good, non-threatening buddies they were. Suddenly that afternoon there were pinned ears and magnificent trots with tails flagging as they went to the bottom of their paddocks, then they would turn and race side by side back to the top, multiple times. I could tell Joey was feeling confident and big for his britches so I was interested to see how he was for B.
N said Joey's long face and big neck don't translate in photos, I think because I usually take pictures of the flowing mane side...so here is his chunka neck and his very long nose from the OTHER side
He's getting a rump on him from the pony trail rides!
Anyone who has seen the War Horse play or movie will get this! Here is Joey's TOTAL War Horse moment as he leans into the traces and pulls that crucial plow (and the War Horse horse is even named Joey, people!)...or in this case, long suffering Arabian Joey tolerates the annoyingly persistent human ground driving behind him!
Still aware but not so impressed
Okay, now this way, ladedaaa following humans
Look at that butt and shoulder muscle building already!!
The weather was really changing last night, thunderheads were rolling in and the humidity was high. We got a few sprinkles of rain but nothing significant, never did hear thunder.