Preferred evening position
Poor Stinker was very puzzled what the heck was happening. He just wanted his nighttime hay and not to be tacked up. I turned the barn lights off before I put the bridle on so he had time for his eyes to adjust back to the dark. I think that was a poor choice because he got really nervous. He was quite antsy at the mounting block.
Once I walked him out to the ring he went to work but was still quite tense. My plan was to just walk him and get him settled and stretching. It didn't take very long to get that accomplished, which was lucky for me, because my toes were freezing already. So he got a face full of cookies and some extra alfalfa mix. I was quite impressed with how well he worked in the mostly dark.