|The snow blowing off the roof of the barn when I left.|
Cisco was on extra alert right from the get-go. The wind had picked up and was blowing snow everywhere. One disadvantage to riding in a Cover-All arena is that when it's windy, it's noisy. Everything flaps and clanks. Cisco no-likee.
He entered the arena and immediately adopted the llama position and stared at the scary end. And that set the tone for my ride.
|Our ride was mostly like this.|
He was on edge the whole ride, and felt like a ticking time-bomb. I spent the majority of the ride just trying to maintain a somewhat rhythmic trot in the safe end of the arena. If there was an extra loud clank at the far end (like 50m away), he'd scoot away to safety.
|Or this, which was "run away" when I circled across the center of the arena.|
I asked him to stretch his nose down towards the ground as we walked. A bit of extra flexion, and a big give. And he figured it out. And was very happy to do so.
|And there were a few short moments of trying to do this. By which I mean trying to stretch his head and neck forward and a wee bit down.|
Of course, getting some regular rides in will help. Which at this point, seems like it might happen in about May or so.
|The temperatures over the last two weeks. From a high of 8 to a low of -22. This weekend is on the uptick again, to be followed by another cold spell later in the week.|