Sunday, Salem got away with a short longeing session (again because of the ridiculous Gobi desert heat) and a nice refreshing bubble/liniment bath. The horse is such a riot -- he absolutely loves drinking from the hose and would most likely stand there all day having you squirt water into his mouth if you let him. No worries of dehydration with this guy! But, just in case (see, I told you I am an overly-cautious worry wart!), I put a packet of Horse Quencher in one of his water buckets. He loved it! Within a few minutes, he had sucked down all of the water and was licking the dregs at the bottom.
Monday, it was back to work. Again, we were joined by Gigi and Bonnie, and this time we had an official photographer, Jennie. (Sidebar - the above pic was from Monday, as well. I didn't have a photographer on Saturday)
Let me say, Salem and I both have a lot of work to do! My equitation is severely lacking -- I haven't ridden much lately, plus my old instructor always put me on "problem" horses, so everything was all about the horse. I never got much eq. work. But, I digress. This time, we still kept the session short, but also cantered both directions. Salem was awesome! He even picked up his right lead (his sticky side) perfectly the first time.
He had one tiny spook, but it was at the end of the ride, when we were strolling around the perimeter. We were right by the road and a huge truck came zooming by and made this really bizarre, scary sound. Salem did a tiny bunny hop and then went back to his normal Mr. Chillaxed attitude.
I really do think that Salem enjoys working and having a "job" to do, whether that job is in-hand work, longeing, or being ridden. He craves attention and just gobbles it up like it's candy. And the guy is a sweetie and has such a great attitude. He has obviously had wonderful treatment for his whole life because he loves people.
Yup, I think Salem has officially settled in and decided that he likes his new home. Can't say that I blame him. ;-)