I somehow neglected to mention in my previous post that there is also a glider runway on Lanier's property. Anyway, it was pretty busy while we were there. Guinness has now officially been desensitized to low-flying gliders, as well as to boats!
(Here is a photo of Guinness' reaction to the glider and drag plane.)
We had a relaxed and easy-going ride with our friends. And it was great to meet up with Lanier at the end of our visit, as he was helping to load our friend's mule. What a cool guy. (Age 80? & L4 PNH student)
Other milestones during this excursion:
- Guinness whinnied to me as I jogged away from him in the arena
- He sidepassed to the right several steps at liberty, with me driving him from the side, no rail!
- He performed his first spin (clockwise) while at liberty
- He almost flawlessly allowed me to open a gate while mounted (practicing this from the ground is the key!! And of course, cookies for patience..)