The weather was wonderful today and the DOR came out to ride. The horse guardian is part of the SunSation Drill Team and I needed to help her and Chez Beau practice.
It was my job to go whizzing by Beau while he had to keep going the same speed. I whipped around him in all sorts of directions...it was fun.
The I partnered up with him to help him on his quadrille parttern. I liked it because the DOR had to concentrate on where Beau was and being in the right position instead of messing with my mouth! She even had to look some where else other than between my ears at the ground right in front of my nose.
I even worked on the pattern with Beau while he carried a flag. Not my favorite thing and I gave him lots of space. I have heard that flags have been know to try and eat horses. I was also a bit confused because a flapping flag means I am either supposed to hurry up or yeild some part of my body. In this instance I was supposed to keep the same speed and travel on a certain path, regardless what the flag was doing. I tell you humans expect some darn silly things.
The DOR asked me to give a try at carrying the flag. At first I wasn't even going near it. I did finally give it a valiant try, I did not like it at all but I know when the DOR asks me to do really tough things I always get extra treats.
I ended the afternoon by having the DOR practice ponying a horse. We ponied Beau and the Horse Guardian rode with her eyes closed. I am going to start ponying Marvelous Marvin several times a week to get him ready to return to his job at the mountain.
The DOR is going to be sore tomorrow I bet, she posted the entire time we trotted a good hour.
She was so pleased with our ride I got a whole handful of treats.
Enjoy your day and don't forget to hug your DOR!