Well vacation time is winding down a bit for Louie. I've ridden him 3 times in the past month and he's done really well! He seems like he's picking up where we left off, I just have to get myself remembering all the things I'm supposed to do. It took two rides for me to remember how to get a half halt with my stomach muscles (oh I still have those?). His canter seems wonderful still, and he seems to want to stretch down some too (as long as he's not by the monsters at A, and C... and B...).
In his time off, he grew a pretty wild mane! Half of it has been rubbed off on the hay feeder, but his forelock and bridlepath grew quite a bit! I haven't seen him with a forelock since he was a 2-year-old at his breeder's. I can't decide if I should let it grow out or shave it off again... But since it's gone this far, I think I might see what happens. Of course I think he looks so pretty and regal without it, but some Saddlebreds look really nice with forelocks too, as long as they're not just a few wispy hairs. Right now he has that Icelandic/foal look going on.
Louie says, "Well, what do you think? Do you like it?"
"Does this haircut make me look like a little baby? Do you think my buddies will pick on me?"
"Ah, what the hay, I'm a tough guy, I'll go with it for now!"