I truly believe that being around horses is one of the best forms of therapy. For anything. It's even better when the horse you're around is your own and actually has a bond with you.
I've been on fall break since Wednesday. It's basically just a long weekend with no classes on Thursday or Friday. I came back to my hometown on Thursday morning with a little help from my friends. Chels and I immediately grabbed lunch at Taco Bell (sort of a tradition) and headed out to the barn.
We spent a long time grooming and playing with them and lunged them both under tack before riding. It limited the length of our ride, but we both felt like it was worth it. Orion was super chill the entire time until I took him out to lunge. Then it was all "RAWWWRRRR, I don't have to listen. No. I'm not doing that. Not doing that either. K bye. *gallop insanely fast from one end of the paddock to the other and duck away every time Jordan tries to catch me*"
He figured out pretty quickly that his running ended up not being his idea anymore. I just kept making him go until he stopped trying to run away from me. Then we lunged some more until he settled down and didn't try to flip out again. He was so full of himself, little bugger. Chels got video of the best parts (he was so bad, but so pretty at the same time. lol), so I'll hopefully have that to show you guys sometime soon.
Our ride was uneventful for once (thankfully) but beautiful. The leaves have all already changed color here, astonishingly fast. The drive from my college to home was pretty, but riding was absolutely gorgeous.
After we got back, I took Orion out into the field that he bucked me off in last summer. I haven't taken him in there since then because, honestly, I was a little scared it would happen again. However, since he'd been lunged, ran himself half to death, and already been on a ride, I decided he would probably be least likely to act up at that point in time than any other.
|Riding in the field. :)|
|After the field ride, he decided to check out the barn since Chels was inside. This is definitely the people-only doorway he almost walked through.|
|The storm we narrowly avoided being stuck in. It was scary and beautiful, especially against the bright leaves.|