Pony arrived in the midst of Armageddon. The barn is replacing their old outdoor arena with a brand new, full size dressage arena. Yeah! But in the meantime, the scene looked like this (but worse, so much worse).
|Please note: semi truck coming down the road. Crane on right side is smashing concrete to bits. All three roller/bulldozer things going at once. Total. Chaos.|
Pony settled in perfectly with just a few laps around the paddock. This morning was quiet as can be. Walked past the mayhem again. I wish I had a better picture of where the round pen is, but it's basically right behind that tree on the left hand side. Pony wasn't worried at all and did walk/trot/canter without even looking at the machinery. In fact, the horses in their turnouts were more interesting to him and only for a hot minute.
Basically, so far, this pony has been sprinkled in magical unicorn dust. And trainer #1 came out and gave him the thumbs up. Next up on our trial list is to ride him in the big field and take him on the busy trail. The trail should be interesting since it's a paved trail with bikes, rollerbladers, strollers and pedestrians. However, considering how he handled the bulldozers and cranes and semi trucks I have high hopes for how he handles the trails. And of course, we'll continue to perfect our selfies.