First, it’s freezing cold and windy outside and all of the horses were nuts. When I got to the barn PJ was at the bottom of the hill running circles around two other horses who were play fighting. When he saw me, he stopped and stared. I waved in the air the apple core I had wrapped in plastic wrap and yelled, “P.J. Peeeeejjj”. And to my surprise, he came trotting up all of the way to the gate. While I make no illusions that he was coming for the snack, I don’t think he would have come for just anyone holding an apple.
Second, he was very spooky walking up to the barn but he trusted me enough to calm down, so I could lead him into the barn.
Third, I decided to throw him on the lunge just in case. Although up, he let me adjust his stride and walk, trotted, and cantered when I asked.
Fourth, when I jumped on him, he was a very good boy. Was the work great? No, but he was quiet and tried very hard even though he wanted to spook at the shadows in the corner. I actually had fun riding today, even though it was only 25 degree and it looked like a blizzard from all of the blowing snow outside. And fun is what it’s all about.