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Date:4/18/2014 4:38:43 AM
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Oh my goodness...
Cheryl, I trust you are all right? I was taking Jack through a small gate, following training on Friday. He had had a tiring workout doing bends, trotting and cantering poles, amid sloppy sand and puddles. He had worked out a light sweat and had been working for a hour. So, I decided to take him out on the farm, thinking he was tired and calm. Ha! He didn't like a yellow propane container with a black nozzle. David opened the gate for me and he looked sideways at the container, stepped to the left and then bolted out the gate. He took a flying leap, but I rode it out, and he only cantered about two paces and then stopped, let out a big sigh, and relaxed. I continued around the near-the-barn areas of the farm, and around the houses (two on the farm). I passed an above ground swimming pool (round) which still had water. I was only about five feet from the pool, but he ignored it completely. They are such funny creatures! He kept sighing as though happy to be out of the arena, so I continued on. He walked quietly for the next 15 minutes and then we returned to the barn for grooming and treats. Perhaps the last leap absorbed his remaining energy for a time!

After we landed on the other side of the gate, I just laughed, but it all happened so rapidly, I don't remember actually going through the gate, which is a bit unnerving!

I have an image I project (to myself) when spooks occur:
I imagine I am a medieval knight in heavy armor, I think 'legs are iron' and all tack is very heavy, weighing the horse down. I sit quietly and just concentrate on balance. During the last three situations, it has kept me centered and calm in the saddle. Whatever works, I suppose.

My left leg is not as strong as my right, so I have to watch the left! If I lose a stirrup, it's usually the left leg. I always give Jack a free rein when such things occur, to alleviate further stress, and I kept my leg on for support. Thirty seconds later, he has forgotten all about it.

I suppose 'yellow' must indicate 'lion'!

I am glad you worked through the rabbit/bridge situation.

Love, Nuala
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