Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Beers and Bribery

After our exciting weekend, I anticipated our Monday lesson would be eventful. I showed up to find a hurricane already brewing. There was a driving wind and rain outside. My lesson HAD to be indoors.

A new wall of mirrors was being installed in the indoor arena. But the installation was running over time. A brewski-fueled barn-raising party was in full swing. My instructor, beer in hand already, decided this was a PERFECT time to work over cavalletti.


Our route through the maze is shown in red:

I was resigned and ready for anything. Imagine my surprise when.....

Armani was good.

Really good actually. He was nervous but responsive. He worked excellently over the cavalletti.

"Look at Armani!" I exclaimed, "Good boy!", as we trotted over them.

"Yup! He looks really good today!" My instructor was dipping back into the beer stash. "Why do you think he's so good today - with all this going on", she waved around, "after being such a s#*! this weekend?"

I pondered a moment... "Because I gave him two sugar cubes before I got on?"

9 comments:

Rachel said...

HAHA. great post. and great Armani.

SprinklerBandit said...

Yep, must have been the cookies.

Then again, did he have his shots recently? Those apparently make Izzy really, really mellow.

Golden the Pony Girl said...

That is great! I hope you had a beer after to celebrate.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Ha ha! I got a kick out of that diagram.

Breathe said...

Love the drawing! Having ridden a horse that had to be bent so often I considered renaming him Oragami, I appreciate the challenge.

Glad you're doing well and that Armani had a good day!

Daisy said...

Armani, I am proud of you!

wendyu said...

LMAO! Funny post! I loved it!

Michelle said...

Love the image! I can just picture it....I swear these guys know when to turn it on and when to act like a butt! Apparently there were too many witnesses for him to be a butt on this occasion!

Jumper said...

So cute! Maybe you should convince your trainer to give you a beer before the lesson. You know, for bribery. lol

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