… which I found out the hard way tonight!
I put up a bit of string to tie him to yesterday and tonight I walked him down to that end of the barn and tied him up, somewhat to his surprise since he hasn’t been tied up much recently, and then gave him a nice groom all the way from top to bottom and end to end, which he enjoyed – but in the process of the normal amount of moving around he does, he backed into the horse shower and knocked it askew on the wall! He also tapped one of his hind feet on the gas bottles and jumped forward a bit in surprise at the noise, but none of it worried him for more than a few seconds and he was soon digging at the floor again because I was scraping the dirt off the brush and out of his reach!
I couldn’t get the shower unit straight again: Helen said it’s bolted to the wall in two places so he may have bent the bolts – she’ll get the handyman to look at it and sort it out.
In the meantime, I’ve moved the string along to the next ring, so he definitely won’t bump into the shower again!
He’s also growing again – I noticed while I was grooming him that I now have to stretch to reach his croup and it’s as well he’s happy to let me lean on him these days! I may have to teach him to stand next to a mounting block or a crate so I can reach his back before long.
I’m away for a couple of weeks, starting next week, but when I get back, it’s high time I got George long-reining and started taking him for nice long walks – he’s showing all the signs of a bored horse at the moment, pretending he doesn’t know where his stable is and trying to take me walks down the road instead! He’s plenty old enough to break to harness now and I think the mental stimulation will do him a world of good.