For years I've said that the P-man's true calling was in the hunter world. Don't get me wrong, he's an absolute blast to burn around cross-country and stadium on, but he's just such a laid back guy most of the time and is very confident in himself - so confident that if you drop the reins 5 strides out from a fence, he thinks it's his time to shine. He always thinks he has everything under control.
But now I think his calling may be with a young rider.
Yesterday one of my students had to cancel because her horse was lame (again). I felt so bad as she has had pony problems in the past and really just loves to ride. I figured P could use a ride with out me drilling the basics and the student is a wonderful, light, quiet rider who I even let ride Ted over the summer. She's the kind of rider horses just seem to get along with because she stays out of their way, but has a good feel. I called her up to see if she wanted to come hack Prophet a bit around.
The partnership was great! Granted, P-man has finally started to figure things out lately, but he went around for the entire 45 minutes with a beautiful long frame, truckin' over the trot poles, and even gave her a bit of a jump over the 8 inch log in the woods (not planned, but it worked out fine). I unfortunately didn't get any pictures, but it was such a 'proud parent' feeling! I got on him afterward and he was happy and loose, back crackin' over the cross country fences - I think she's hired as my warm-up rider!