My lovely little sister came out for a visit last week, almost exactly a year after her first time visiting us in Iowa. Last time she was here, Steen and I were still working out the particulars of our relationship. Since her initial visit, Steen and I have learned a lot about each other, though honestly I have done at least as much learning as he has.
Meryl and I went to the barn a few times in the week she was here. The first time we rode indoors, and he was so good for her it nearly made my heart burst. Sure, he’s still got his quirks. Standing isn’t his strong point, and his trot is fast when he’s nervous, but he’s become so much softer all around, and although he was uncertain of Meryl at first, they were working well together within minutes.
Our last trip to the barn we had a dry, sunny day and we took Steen outside. This was our first serious outdoor ride of the season, and it went pretty well. Steen was definitely nervous and excited, and took off once or twice at a lope after I asked for a trot, but he settled back down without much difficulty. We didn’t ask a whole lot of him – mostly just let him get used to moving around outside again.
Mini and Bruno keeping Meryl company after the ride.