When we last left Strawberry, Darcie’s communicative Mustang, he was quite explicitly telling with us that he wanted to be ridden instead of her riding her other horse, Karma. The next day, Darcie did, in fact, ride Strawberry and later in the day, we did a session with her riding Karma. While we did the session, Strawberry whinnied a few times from his shelter, where he was eating hay, but he didn’t even both to leave the shelter to see what we were doing.
Fast-forward a few days to another riding session with Karma. As I was walking to the riding area where Darcie had Karma, I saw Strawberry outside of the arena. I also saw his foot in the grooming box…again. I asked Darcie if she had ridden him that day, and she said that she had not. He was clearly letting us know that the important thing to him is not being groomed; he wants to be ridden.
I wonder what else Strawberry will have to tell us as Darcie’s equine journey continues with him and Karma?