I've found a horse to borrow for the lessons for now, so no big hurry on finding another, but of course I'm still looking. He's my brother in law's horse, and absolutely beautiful - I'll have to post a picture of him. If I remember right he's a Percheron Morgan cross, but might have some QH in there as well. He can be a lot like Tonka in that he gets worried and his energy level can get to be a lot pretty quick, but he's not a light horse like Tonka. He thinks leaning into pressure is the right thing to do and he takes a lot of softening work. But he's a total love and one of those curious, into everything type of geldings. I think it will be fun to play with him, and I'm really grateful to have a horse for the lessons.
In other news, Blue was neutered the other day. We've been having a spell of heavy rain, which I didn't even think about in terms of it affecting the surgery, but it means he can't run around outside. I have to take him on a leash so he doesn't get his incision wet. Ugh. He's got way too much energy to be a leash only dog. He's so stinkin' positive about life, it's great (and also a bit annoying). I put an Elizabethan collar on him when he was trying to lick too much, and it doesn't slow him down or depress him one bit. Every other dog I've had has gotten really sad and dejected with those things. Blue just trots around same as ever and rams the dang thing into the backs of people's legs. The other dogs can hardly tolerate him when he's wearing it. But I haven't had to put it on him much.
Alright, back to work. It's amazing how messy this house can get with four humans and four dogs in it. We're babysitting my mom's dog too. He mostly stays out of the way though.