This is the very beginning of my time working with Beautiful today. She'd never ponied behind another horse, so we took it one step at a time--literally. She'd give me a step and I'd give her some slack. My camera girl quit pretty quickly, and so the end of the session wasn't recorded. After a few minutes, that you don't get to see, we were able to walk circles around the arena on a loose lead, but I never got her comfortable where I want her--her head/shoulders at my leg. I'd stop Cowboy every now and then and bring her up to that point and pet her until she relaxed, then we called it good.
I didn't really expect anymore today since it was Cowboy's first time being rode since winter started. Actually, I had no expectations at all. I was willing to take as little or as much as they were willing to give. I have some video of me riding him today, too. I can't see him favoring his bad foot at all, though the video quality is poor. We were using the pocket camera rather than the video recorder. I didn't feel him being off, and I didn't see it in the movie. That makes me hopeful.
It sure felt good to be on horseback again, even though we didn't make it to the trails. Since I got one of my goals accomplished with Beautiful, I think it worked out well to stay around here. Maybe tomorrow, and if Beautiful starts to do really good at ponying, I'll be able to take her on some of my trail rides soon.