Yep, the bird! That is what I got today when I asked Cas for day 2 of his super slow back to work workout!!
Things started out nice and calm, like yesterday. Groomed and wrapped no problem! I even sent him out on the line for his first direction 5 min walk and he was very good. He changed directions better than the day before....so I thought the rest if his work would be easy peasy as well. Insert first trot circles here and Cas flips me the bird!! You would have thought there was a 99 pound jockey on his back whooping away on him as they came down the home stretch in the Derby for crying out loud. He took off, tearing around te circle like a pony possessed, kicking u his heels, nose up in the air. All he was lacking was the tail up and someone may have mistaken him for an Arabian.
This is where I found myself between a rock and a hard place. Did I want him careening around the "arena" like a Loon? No! Did I even want him cantering at all at this point? No! Was I going to let him get away with his behavior? Nope! So we transitioned right from canter to trot until he gave up a couple nice transitions and we switched directions. What happens on one side should happen on the other. So off we go left. Not nearly as animated to the left, but still more get up and go than I thought he would have. So we again transitioned from trot to canter until they were pretty and then we walked. And walked. And walked some more. He was covered in sweat on his neck, girth, and flanks as well as mucho froth between his cheeks! :)
What started at 5:47 and should have gone until about 6 lasted until 6:27..... An entire 40 minutes!! Crazy horse!! Ugh!
Cas then got tied to the patience tree while I unwrapped and got pony dinners ready. He then got hosed from nose to tail, standig ground tied in the pasture. Once I started to give him a nice, refreshing vetroline scrub, he took off! Trotting through the pasture, lead rope dragging behind him. Fortunately, this didnt last long. 2 big whoas from me and he came to a stop. The 'wash rack' got moved and he got tied up!!
As the bath was coming to an end, I noticed he was hiding a mini Louisville Slugger in his tail! Yes folks, he had a rats nest in there that would rival that of any 5 year old little for with baby fine hair who went to sleep with it wet and tossed and turned all night amid nightmares of the boogeyman chasin her.
So, 45 mins later Cas was thoroughly tired and bathed, with his tail back in good working order.
Can't wait to see what the morning brings!