Friday we didn’t do much just a little walk around and some hand grazing. He is still concerned about the sound of the rainbird – but he now stops and listens to me. So, it wasn’t much, but at least he got out. I vowed that Corey would be #1 priority on Saturday. My goal was to ride him while I taught my morning group lesson. This would test how Corey handled other horses working around him. Again, Jack videotaped it and it shows how well Corey did. One of my lesson horses was actually coming into season, and while Corey was aware of her, he did not lose him mind. He has been a very good minded stallion, which means he will make an Incredible gelding! He had tiny moments of concern with horses trotting up behind him, but it was all very slight. He also had one tiny spook, and yet he recovered quickly and carried No tension. We trotted several times, and he thought about cantering in a couple of places. But since we were sharing the arena with students, I didn’t want to take the risk. There is always the chance that the first canter turns into bucking and if I got dumped, I didn’t want 3 riders on horses with a young stallion running loose. But I really liked that he felt strong enough to consider it.
Of note was the fact that I had forgotten to pick up a crop, but Corey moved forward off my leg aids! A couple times, he resisted and tried to turn back to the gate, but I was able to send him nicely forward. He stood calmly in the middle while the other horses cantered. Sometimes young horses are spooked by the other horses going fast. Corey was fine. I wound up riding him for almost an hour. That is the longest he has ever had to carry me. I know that tomorrow he will get a day off; if being gelded can be considered a day off! We will have to go a little easy for a couple days, but work will continue even after the gelding.
I was very pleased that he has figured out forward - even if he gave me a little More than I wanted at times. Under normal circumstances, I might have let him canter on when he offered - but since there is a 50/50 chance that a young horse will buck in their first canter, and that means I Might have gotten dumped, I felt it was not a good risk. Having a young Stallion Loose in the ring, while kids are riding, One one a mare just coming into season, is NOT a safe situation! So canter will wait for another week - but the rest of the work shows decent progress. But I think I cluck too much!