Tphtphtphtpht! Hah, Lady! I see MissJennifer is here to watch me, so I be good boy! I make your owie finger look like a complete accident! Tphtphtphtptht!"
With Ransom undressed, cookied lavishly, and hosed down, I walked out to Harley with the halter and lead rope. He scampered to the back of the pasture, but didn't play catch me for long. I was able to easily get him haltered and led back to the trailer.
Grooming? Success. Polo wraps? Non-event. Out to the arena we go.
He lunged excellent. Walk and trot to start out with. Then I showed turns on forehand and haunches, and a little backing up. The turns on the haunches are improving - I had two correct steps heading each direction multiple times. Walked him back to the trot poles, and bounced over those a few times without incident. Asked for canter with a kiss, and got the leads 5 out of 6 times. There were a few bobbles, but nothing that couldn't easily fix with an ease down to trot, and a kiss again.
Flexed him left & right, and swung the end of the lunge line over his back, around his neck, and around legs, all from both sides. Non-event as well.
Total about 25 minutes of exercise. Harley thumbed his nose at the entire prospect of not being able to lunge properly, and was a complete gentleman. Little fart! It's , um , Tuesday , and I'm still sporting a finger knuckle bandaid....
=) Back in action tonight with a brief lunge again, and repeat of all the old activities we've already done, with hopes of improving.