So yesterday I told you about Rojo’s training in THE RED HORSE DIARIES, #1 linked here.
What I didn’t tell you about was the other red horse who was banging jealously at the arena gate during the entire Rojo lesson.
Yup. It was Wrigley.
Wrigley (he’s also red) was beside himself with jealousy that I had another horse in the arena for a training session. Unfortunately, Wrigley’s pasture butts up against the arena.
Bang. Bangbangbangitybangbang. Bang. Scrraaaapbang. Jinglejinglerattlerattlebang…
It was so DISTRACTING for Rojo and me. Ahhhhhhgh! I wanted to scream!
So I yelled, “Hey Wrig, QUIT.
Me (growing horns): Ohhhhh, is someone jealous?
Wrig: NO. I’m not jealous. But, who is that and why are you doing stuff with him?!
Me (seeing an opportunity): Ah. Well, you haven’t been perfect so you’ve been replaced.
Wrig (visibly upset by my insensitive remark): What? Aren’t I your baby? Don’t I matter?
Me: Nope. Humans suck that way.
BANGITYBANGITYBANGITYBANGBANGBANG (GASP) BANG!
Wrig: Say it isn’t so!! What do I need to do? I’ll do anything to be your favorite again. Puleeeze…
Me: OK, well maybe.
Wrig: I’ll do anything!
Wrig (whimpering a little): Yes. Anything.
Me: OK. You need to pay extreme attention to me during our next lesson. OK?
Wrig (standing upright and straight): OK!
Me: No wavering. Extreme Attention.
Wrig. NO WAVERING. I promise. Extreme Attention. You got it.
OK, so actually, none of that conversation took place except the banging part.
Of course I love him and would never shame him or make him feel like less of a horse.
But, I gotta tell you… something happened.
Something happened between two days ago and today (which would logically be the day in between those days which was yesterday – when I trained Rojo-) made Wrigley a new gelding today.
He was PERFECT.
Of all the things he knew, he did them all exactly perfectly.
In fact, he was so good, I kept forgetting to use my camera because there was no lollygag time.
EXTREME ATTENTION GELDING.
When I did take photos, he looked exactly the same.
RED GELDING RIVALRY
I don’t know… but I think sibling rivalry is playing a big part here.
The entire time I was training Rojo yesterday, Wrigley watched and banged.
Either he was taking good notes and learned it all for himself…. or
He was upset and wanted me to prefer him instead of the other red horse.
Whatever… it is ALL good as far as I’m concerned.
Now my huge 3-year old short attention span theater gangly Morgan park gelding is present and ready for duty, SIR!
I’ll make sure Wrigley is watching tomorrow when I work Rojo.
Mama’s gotta use what she’s got… <wink>
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