We've had an interesting couple of days. Felix had 4 days off over the past weekend due to a schooling show at the barn while I was away working. I came home Wednesday, and decided that it might be a good time to try longing before riding.
Going to the left, he was a total pro. Went to turn around and the desaster began. He just did not know what the heck I wanted, so was just going into an eternal turn on the forehand. Finally after about 5 minutes of this, he was just getting upset and I could not work out how to properly communicate that I wanted him to go to the right exactly the same as the other way. At this point I put him back out to the left, and ended when he was good there. I did get on for a few minutes of walk - but the flies were super awful, so we gave up.
Today I got my friend Connie out to meet him. She is totally in love, and will probably be riding him consistently for me. She spent a lot of time in the H/J world, and would like to try out some dressage and eventing. I want her as my rider to show off Felix to his full potential in the Sport Pony Star-Search classes that the NASPR puts on. Connie looks very esthetic up there, so I feel like I should have a rider like her who can show him off.
One day I am going to have to get a super snazzy camera for the action shots of him!