This morning was different - Toni is in Turkey, and Ros had to take her dad to the doctor ... so, it was just DJ and me .. and rather that chicken out, I did it!
I got him in, groomed and tacked ... got on ... and headed off up the road.
The ruite we took is only a mile each way, but it has been 2 years since we had been out by ourselves - so is an easy option ...
Or, so I thought.
We didn't see many cars, I will admit, but we saw some of the biggest lorries I have seen in year - add to that tractors, and even a car pick-up truck ... the road was busy.
Just as we got to the crossroads where we were due to turn round, we then had a loose dog barking on a wall.
DJ was brilliant - he didn't spook at all - even when a pheasant flew out right in front of us.
Yes, he did get a cuddle, and more importantly an extra couple of carrots, before his feed.
Then back to his field ith his halo shining brightly.