The wind stopped blowing today so I didn't hide in the barn with the horses while I petted them. Joseph and I went to check fence. At one point I had to drop his lead and scoot under the fence to get after my fighting dogs (they had found a tasty dead thing) and Joseph stood there very sweetly and waited for me.
The dog fighting has got to stop. This time Huckleberry came away with several bloody spots and a limp. Blue is going to borrow a shock collar from my sister tomorrow. I can never get to them quickly enough to break it up before they get carried away, and then I can't catch the bad dog after the fact. The shock collar will hopefully be a very satisfying experience (for me).
Then I saddled Joseph up and we played with the hula hoop. Since he's got the clicker "target" thing down he stuck his nose right on it and would have done so repeatedly into eternity as long as I was game to keep playing. When I put it over his head he thought it was weird, but I've practiced throwing the rope over and sliding the rope (and the bridle) over his ears so it wasn't a totally new idea. Then we worked on neck reining with the hoop. He's a quick study although he wasn't totally comfortable with the idea.
No bucking or even scooting today with the saddle, and he seemed more comfortable with it overall. It was a good day.