Thursday 21 November, 2013
Well, today we did two circuits of the track - one anticlockwise and one clockwise. When a Highland pony walks well, its tail should be reminiscent of the swing of a Highlander's kilt - and today, Smokey was striding out. He had a wee wobble when I asked him to go away from the gate the second time but soon got back into his stride. I was watching his head carriage, ears and tail and he seemed more relaxed today.
We did two "stop and stand" on each circuit - each for 10 seconds. He found this hard and did a bit of reversing, but we'll keep working on it.
On the way to the field, we did a bit of leading again and he had a bit of a strop, so I backed him out of my space and waited until he sorted his head out; walked a bit more, then off to the paddock for a friendly scratch and a treat.
Same again tomorrow, I think. I'm away Saturday and Sunday so he'll have a couple of days off, then back to work on Monday.