Lots of Icelandic horses in the indoor school today. Jo with Tór, Fi with Hreyfing. Haakon and Iacs were already in the school and we had forgotten that no one actually knew each other.
BeAnne was also nagging to ride so I popped her on Haakon and we left them all to it.
Haakon introduced himself to Tór and Tór squeaked as is right when you meet the head of the herd.
BeAnne just sat there.
She enjoys riding Haakon and he doesn’t mind one bit.
Iacs’ hoof is much better. You wouldn’t know that yesterday he was telling us that death was his only friend. He is much perkier now, tried to barge out of the stables this morning (we had words) and last night’s poultice stunk like nothing on this planet.
Jo put on another poultice (camouflage in case he needs to creep around in the dark).
So while Fiona rode Hreyfing round Haakon watched and BeAnne rested…..
…. and while Jo put out trotting poles out for Fiona and Hreyfing, Haakon watched and BeAnne didn’t move..
BeAnne knows Haakon would never ever do anything horrid.
They have been together all her life.
Once Haakon understands his responsibilities, he takes them very seriously – it could be me riding or BeAnne – he looks after us all.
This is not a horse that is stressed or worried about a predator resting on his back.
And this is not a dog who is worried that she is sleeping on nearly half a tonne of potentially explosive reaction.
Anyway, Icelandic horses are just the right shape for BeAnne.
Tór, on the other hoof, is not convinced this is anything he would like to participate in.
I love Icelandic horses. They are all such cool dudes.