Dancer has been telling me he wants me to introduce him to all of you on LiveJournal. I've had him since January 9 of this year. "Too long," he says, but I tell him there was a lot going on with my dad, his grandfather dying, and then he understood and was very sad to hear about his Grandpa dying.
He's a grey Appendix Quarter Horse, officially nine years old, but his birthday is in May. I'll have to check his papers for the exact date.
We outside yesterday. It's not the first time I've ridden Dancer outside, but it's the first time I've jumped him outside. He looked--and refused--the first jump, but after that, he was perfect. Oh, except that he TROTTED the jump the third time, as if to say, "No big deal, let's see some JUMPS, people!" so that Anne had to raise the jump. What a silly boy! But he gave me perfect flying changes, so a little eccentricity is allowed from time to time. *grin*
After our lesson, I gave him a bath. He really needed it! He's grey, as I said, so of course he has a liking for lying down in manure. He smelled very much in need of a bath, and looked it too. I used Orvus, which is a paste soap for livestock, and really scrubbed it in on the stains, then let him stand a while. He wasn't best pleased, but oh well. Not all the stains came out completely, but he looks--and smells--a lot better.
Here are some pictures of the boy himself:
This is from the day I tried him out:( more behind the cut )
Dancer says, "Thank you for looking!"