Big happenings this week! Al is back to jumping! And let me tell you, that big dingus is so much happier. He had a training ride Wednesday which I didn't actually see because I got to the barn a little late that day. But I heard he was great, and jumped right around. Then on Friday I got to have a lesson on him. I was lucky enough to grab a lesson slot with just one other person so it was perfect. Low key, and catered to our just starting back needs. Al was great. We might have used our lesson partner to help him get around the ring without spooking... If he follows behind a brave horse, he just doesn't spook at anything. It's like he figures that horse will get eaten first so he doesn't have to worry anymore. But as always, he was brave and perfect to the jumps (without a leader). Very proud of him, and very excited to get back to doing things!
I was surprised to discover that he was happy and relaxed all weekend long after having done some fun jumps during the week. I really do think most of his antics were due to boredom. Hopefully we'll stay on this track.