Well Dear Humans I have done something completely new to me. I have never done this before I can assure you. No..No…I was not misbehaving . Ma Leueen and Groom Lexi introduced me to something called Long Lining. I knew something was up when Ma Leueen finished grooming me and then she put on a strange saddle pad. It was not one of mine. Then Groom Lexi came and put a thing around my middle and led me into the arena. Then she attached these incredibly long reins.
Ma Leueen told me I was going to do something called Long Lining with Groom Lexi. I did know that Groom Lexi did this because I have seen her doing it with my friend Dave, who lives in a stall across the hall from me. So I guess now I will have to call her Long Liner Lexi. Ha! I like that sound of that. Don’t you? Long Liner Lexi! Maybe LL Lexi for short.
So LL Lexi got me all geared up with side reins and the long reins.
Then she encouraged me to walk forward and she was walking behind me.
Well that felt a bit unusual but I got the idea. We did a few circles and some stops and starts and I thought I had it down. To be honest, Dear Humans, I was doing waaaaay better than Dave. He seems to get a bit frustrated with the process. But then we went up to the end of the arena. I have been seeing things up there lately. Ma Leueen says it’s something to do with the cold weather, something shiny in two places on the wood. I can see it but when I get beside it…poof...its gone. I do NOT like that. So when we went up there I stopped. LL Lexi encouraged me to go ahead but she had put a pole so I had to go close to the wall. Yipes! So I sped up and trotted through. LL Lexi said I had done well. Well after a couple more times I had it down. I am a Very Brave Horse! I was comfortable halting in between the two shiny places.
I could go in the other direction and turn and trot out over the pole.
As a reward LL Lexi let me have a little canter in the middle of the arena.
So there you have it. I am a star at this long lining thing. LL Lexi gave me an apple and Ma Leueen gave me some carrots. A good day I’d say.
Till next time Dear Humans.