Here's my sweet, handsome fella in his Christmas tack.The pad is new, from my mom. The cinch came free with the purchase of the pad (which was very cool because I was going to buy one). My really super nice new helmet is hanging in it's cool helmet bag from the other side of the saddle. I didn't know how much I was going to love that helmet. The brim is slightly bigger, and it makes a HUGE difference in blocking glare. It's just way more comfortable too. He is not sporting our cool new custom slobber straps because I'm waiting to get my length of rope for the reins back from my sister. I think we'll both like them though.
After a little bit of running around (had to go back inside and get proper boots on) and reminding him what the reins are (see how he's playing with the bit?) I hopped on and rode up to the bus stop. It was weird, and kind of nerve wracking, getting on again. I didn't know if he'd be bad after so much time off. But it looks like he's the kind of horse I love, the one who doesn't need a huge tune up after time off. We did some flexing, some yielding, some clumsy side-passing, backing, etc, while we waited for the bus. And we spent a fair amount of time just standing there. I've been hopping off when I see cars coming, but I don't think I need to. A car and the bus came today and he watched them carefully but didn't do anything.
Oh! I measured him, and he is now officially 15 hands. Maybe more, but I'm knocking off a bit due to long hooves and imprecise measurement. Just about the perfect height for me! I hope he's done growing taller.