Sunday, March 16, 2014
I think he already likes me. Treats sure didn't hurt. :)
We had a good ride. He's not finished, but I feel like he and I are a good match. We're going to have so much fun together! He travels nicely, he's responsive, and when things did go wrong (hit in the face by a flying broken branch while his buddy had a little "moment") he moved away but shut down his flight response pretty quickly. He also got a little upset when all the others got ahead and we were going down a steep hill. This ride was his first of the year, and his first with a strange rider (other than me in the round pen last week). If I were to put someone on Scout and head down the trail tomorrow I can guarantee it would be a lot more frustrating. This little guy is a good one. (I don't know for sure that he's really all that little. Probably the same height as Joseph and Bella, but not as stout.)
He does have a name but I don't like it. I feel bad changing it, because he does know his name. What to do? His name is Cash and I am not a worshiper of money (although a mule sure does feel like riches). I'd like to name him Jasper. That name seems a bit cliche' if you know that there's a children's book series by Meredith Hodges called "Jasper the Mule" but I assure you that's not how I came up with it. My son was showing me a gorgeous green rock from my grampa's collection while I was making a list of possible names, and there it was.
Stolen from the internet: (and yes I am exposing my inner hippie) "An elemental Earth stone, Jasper’s frequency is slow and constant, aligned with the electromagnetic energies of the planet. It enables one to be more present in the physical body and conscious of Nature and one’s surroundings. It encourages one to celebrate moments of isolation to absorb, reflect, and connect with these energies and enkindles an awareness of the spiritual connection we hold with all living things."
THAT right there is the description of why I love to be out in the mountains, especially with my trusty steed. So I think it's very fitting.
Cash has an "ash" sound, and Jasper has an "ass" sound, so could it work? Is it unfair? He's very smart, I think he would pick it up quickly, but would it be wrong?
Now I better go check on him and sweet talk him and feed him a few treats. I can't believe he's mine!