Sam is in training! One of the ladies at the paddock is an instructor and she is helping me with Sam. For the next two weeks I am not allowed to ride him - she is riding him and does not want me to undo what she is trying to teach him. I asked her to ride him for me about a week ago know and really liked how quiet in the saddle she was but still asked firmly until he did the right thing then let the pressure off. I try to be there for his training sessions but sometimes Jane can only get out there while I am at work. We will taper it down so I will have lessons while she is still riding him. She works on the same principles as me so that is awesome.
I arrived at the paddock this afternoon to feed Sam and even walking to his paddock I could tell something was different - he was exhausted! He looked like he had dark circles under his eyes! Poor little thing. Under his eyes the grey was really dark! I know Jane wouldn't do more than he can cope with. I led him out to get another rug for him and he followed quietly - didn't try to to grab grass on the way. When I threw his lead rope over the gate to get his feed he dropped his head and snoozed instead of seeking out food.
I spoke to Malcolm (the owner of the property) to see if he saw Sam being worked and he said that it didn't look like Sam was ridden that hard. I didn't see Jane to see how the session went. Sam was happy to eat his dinner so I will see him in the morning and see if he has recovered.