Not really voluntarily, I have to say, more of a scooty thing. Alas, I was not there, I was in Montreal where I have been for three weeks.
At any rate, my trainer had another trainer out who we sometimes put on the new kids because his balance is perfect and he gives them confidence... plus, he doesn't care what they do and he sticks like glue... must be the long legs. For Havoc, he needs to know the people that are doing things with him, so we decided Jen on the ground was more comforting to him than some guy he doesn't know!! He doesn't think that trotting under saddle is really necessary, could be dangerous, but he'll figure it out. They changed direction close to the wall, and that must have scared the little dude, he clamped his tail and sat his bum down and scooted at the canter for a few strides. The gentleman on him wondered what the living hell the horse was doing, but, like I say, was completely still and went with him. The horse can sit!
Another session this coming week and he's an under saddle kid. Positively terrifying!
Since I've been gone and it's been very cold, little Mo didn't get worked this week. So, I took her for a walkabout last night. Will ride her properly today. She's a good kid. Just nothing phases her. My trainer was longing another horse while I was in there, who takes off sometimes, barely registered an ear flicker on Mo. I hope I get to show her, she's a cool horse, but it may not be her destiny.
The other day I was thinking that perhaps a part of the Maggie death mystery might be that she was on depo-provera for about 4 years. In humans it can cause osteoporosis (I've had a bone scan because I'm on it... I'm in no danger), and I wonder if that was a contributing factor to her canon breaking. I put Mo on it a couple months ago, and am now thinking I shall take her off, just in case. I hadn't thought of it, if you can imagine, until my trainer was giving Mo her shot this month... If you have a horse on it, food for thought. I haven't talked to my vet yet on it. It doesn't make me feel better about Maggie in the slightest, makes me feel guilty.