I went to ride today - having planned to meet up with Rags and Ros' daughter Hazel - however they cancelled as I was walking DJ in from his field.
he had been a good boy, already, as he had cantered across to me (or was it the carrot in the opposite hand to his rope?). I wished Conrad a Happy Birthday - 3 years old today!
So I decided as he was in we would just go on the quickest ride - up to a hamlet just over a mile away.
DJ trotted the whole way there - and about 1/2 the way back, before I made him do some "transition work" .... For non-riders that means walk, trot, stand ... in rapid random orders, to make a horse focus on you and your voice rather than his surroundings. It was something I had been lazy about recently, so that was good work for us both.
When we got level with the verge of the fields he lives in - this is where his "hero" mode switched on.
There were 2 pneumatic drills and 2 people with strimmers ... put it this way I almost decided to abandon going home ... but the hero of the hour (with just vocal encouragement) walked past it all.
So - Isn't he great ... What he will be like the rest of the week I don't know!