We've got clouds moving in, so I braved the humidity and took Rock for a mile hike to check out the condition of the bridle trails.
Rock was excited to be out and to hear the kids on the school playground, so he had no problem keeping up with my pace. He did get nippy, though, so I had to elbow him a few times which resulted in him biting my elbow, which resulted in him being backed down the trail quickly. He kept his distance after that.
However, on the way home he sped up. Apparently, I had to work a lot harder to manage his speed, because according to my fitness watch, my heart rate shot up on the way home. Now my shoulder hurts. He's an elephant.
Rock fell into a critter hole that was right smack in the middle of one trail and he struggled to keep himself upright. He made sure to point out to me the next critter hole we came upon. Nothing like a little accident to make a horse pay attention to where he's putting his feet.