Our stall is in a great place for allowing Marley to take it all in. It is right next to a warm up arena and there is all kinds of commotion. I'm hoping this will help him habituate to all of the excitement by tomorrow.
After letting Marley settle in and eat some lunch, I decided to take him into the arena for a ride. I was hoping to practice some of what we would need to do tomorrow, but I ended up not asking him for much of anything except to relax. The indoor arena is HUGE and it has stadium seating above the horses head level. There was music playing, funny lighting, tons of horses ripping around, and Marley was overwhelmed. We probably spent a good hour walking and trotting around just looking at everything. We had to specifically visit each sponsor sign because once he realized one of them wasn't going to eat him, he was sure the next one would. He did calm down though, and I was happy with his progress so I left it at that.
"Well, THIS is different!!"
Later in the evening after our trainer meeting, most of the riders went back in to the arena for a second ride. I decided that with at least three rides tomorrow I would just hand walk Marley through the arena again. Some of these horses here are in much better condition than Marley, and I just know that if I rode him twice today, three times tomorrow, and then three times on Saturday he would be absolutely pooped. Besides, I think after a night of being in this new place he will have settled down and probably come out better tomorrow. At least lets hope!
I'll keep updating the blog while we are here, so check back if you want to read about it! I'm not expecting much tomorrow in all honesty, so my plan is to just go out there, do our best, and hopefully learn something in the process.
I can't believe we have completed our 90 days, it's absolutely unreal how quickly it went. I hope to see some of you out this weekend and I'm looking forward to introducing Marley to everyone who has spent time following him on our blog. Thank you all for your encouragement and support, and for thinking Marley is awesome, because I think he is too.