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[Riding] Roman Returns

As one might guess from the subject line, Roman was up to his old tricks again. The balking when I wanted him to trot and all. Took a while to get him up to speed, and he did his usual 'watch me use the corner as an excuse to stop!' routine.

However, we got through this and I was able to trot him through a serpentine course several times. By the end, we were working well again, and he was cornering more precisely. (Roman /can/ turn on a dime. As with most things involving effort, he usually just doesn't WANT to.)

Nothing particularly interesting this lesson, but some good time with the horse. Ah, well; not every week can be as exciting as last (good thing, too!), or as much a break from routine as a trail ride. ;)

There /is/, however, a horse staying at the school for a few months. A former student's horse, now up for sale, being leased by one of the other students. Jefe is a lovely roan TB gelding, but he's 17 years old and $13,000... which is not /bad/ considering he has an excellent show record, but he's getting a little old to command that kind of price. (Witness the fact that he's been up for sale for over a year.)

What's almost been tempting is a horse being sold nearby. A 9-year-old TB gelding, who's been a backyard horse. Got to see him over a fence... lovely conformation, very friendly, but because he's got little training to speak of and needs work -- he's a jumper/dressage prospect -- he's only $3000. (Only, she says. ONLY.) My classmate and I were looking at the info-sheet posted on the barn's bulletin board and going 'mmm... no, no, really DON'T need to buy a horse, we're both beginners... if you talk me out of it, I'll talk you out of it...'

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I couldn't resist doing it just to see if anyone noticed. :)