Dr.’s orders, “Give Dune exercise!” The veterinarian came out yesterday and castrated Dune. Patients of this kind of operation can be stiff and swollen after. Exercise helps. Luckily it was a balmy 50° and no longer icy. I was able to get out without danger and ride.
Our neighbor is doing some logging on our driveway so it looks different. Dune was worried. All the new things were scary along our driveway, especially the pile of snow. Dune did not want to go past the scary objects. I’ve read and I’ve experienced a rule about scary stuff. Don’t pay attention or look at the thing that the horse is afraid of. It only confirms the horses fears.
Dune was balky and snorty but I persisted, ignoring the objects of his fear. After a struggle of wills he finally went past them. In order to drive the point home I rode up and down the driveway a few times. After a couple of times Dune still looked at the objects but otherwise walked past normally.
It would be a bad thing for Dune if I allowed him to win at balking. The horseman, not the horse, gets to decide what to be afraid of.