Tonight Freedom refused to go into the barn to get tacked up. His eyes got very large and his nostrils flared. Obviously, there was something very scary inside that barn.
Most of the time, I don’t let Freedom choose where to be tacked up. However, I was losing the light rapidly and determined that I would get him at least a half hour under saddle. You have to choose your battles.
He actually ground ties pretty well. He let me knock the major mud off him and tack him up without moving an inch.
I did find out what had him all upset, too. They were burning brush on the other side of the house and people had been carrying rakes (heaven forbid) and other scary tools into the barn.
It would be handy to have a horse that ground ties. I need to add it to my list of things to do when the ground is too hard to ride. For now, I’m counting any day where the temperature is above freezing as a good day!