A Teachable Moment
|Severely awkward shedding is giving way to surprise DAPPLES!|
But yesterday, a friend stopped by to say hi while I was riding, and we ended up chatting for somewhere around 15-20 minutes.
During that time, Dino all but fell completely asleep.
Head down, eyes half closed, and one hind leg cocked, he was definitely not thinking about anything remotely related to work.
Unluckily for Dino, I had plans to interrupt his naptime. A Teachable Moment had fallen right into my lap! That day we were going to learn about going back to work like a polite pony after taking a long break.
Armed with trusty Mr. Whippy and the expectation that when I said Go, Dino would, indeed, Go, I picked up the reins and asked him to walk off away from the barn.
While a little sticky off my leg for the first few strides, Dino Went.
He Went on the bit. He Went when I said trot. He even Went when I said canter, staying on the bit and light in my hand without having to be chased or nagged.
I was flabbergasted.
After a few trips around the field in each direction at the walk, trot, and canter (lovely and round, I might add!), I asked Dino to halt and jumped off.
He had learned everything I wanted him to from our little Teachable Moment.
|"Yes, that iz me, the Good Pony. Plz to deposit snax in mouf."|