Last evening friend Bev brought her "pony" (at 17hh) Reyna over to play with Woody and Taxi, and to help train all of us to be good Jousters too. We did passes at each other down the lyst, and Bev bonked a lance against my shield as Woody and I walked past her. Woody is so calm with all of this stuff that it's just amazing. (Hmmm... is he setting me up for something later down the road??? Hmmm...) We also tried out our quintain charges with me wearing my close helmet for a change. It DOES change things! Not only can't you SEE anything, but you can't HEAR anything either... at least I can't! But lucky for me Woody still could both see and hear, and when I started him down the course, we went straight as an arrow, and like a rocket. He just tucks his head down and GOES! Such a great horse! Needless to say, I'm sore from smacking that shock quintain too many times last night, but I sure to love doing it!
Poor Taxi though! He was "helping" by trotting along with us when we did passes and charges at the quintain, but he also was doing his best to stay between Reyna and Woody... I suspect that he has some strong reservations about "girls" in his pasture, especially near his buddy! Oh well, next time we'll get Neb to ride Taxi so he doesn't feel too left out!