PJ worked hard all week: a lesson on Tuesday, Without-Stirrups Wednesday, hard ride on Thursday, and lesson on Friday. Today I wanted to give him a day off as a reward. I’ve been so busy with work and other things and the barn is 30 minutes away, that I have’t had to time to just go and brush him. Every day I’ve gone it’s been to ride him. I felt bad. However, Maryann hasn’t been able to get to the barn at the same time as me, so we haven’t ridden together in weeks. Today her and my schedules meshed. We arranged to meet at noon.
As a compromise for riding with Maryann and not working PJ I decided to hop on him bareback with just his halter and lead rope. He was so good. It was funny though. He wasn’t content to just stand in the middle of the ring. He wanted to walk, so that’s what we did. It was fun. Hopefully PJ thought so too.