A Horse with an Attitude

As soon as I walk into the barn, Achilles pins his ears back and starts tossing his head. “Really? You, too?”

Although his ears stand up, I can tell he is still in an agitated mood. I scratch his cheek and the blaze on his forehead before I move away to retrieve his tack. When I return to his stable, he steps aside to let me enter, but I can sense the limits of his cooperation, today.

He bloats his belly as I try to saddle him, “Knock it off, Achilles.” I give his stomach a quick pop with my knuckle. Although he lets the air out, he starts chomping at his bit. I stand to face him, my fists against my hips. “Horse, are you challenging me?” He snorts and looks away, still chewing on the metal in his mouth. I could tell this was going to be a rough ride.

When I lead Achilles to the practice ring, my mom and my trainer are already waiting for me, exchanging words in hushed tones. As I approach, they steal a glimpse at me. Mom’s face is set in resignation. My trainer looks almost sympathetic.

“Hi Jeff,” my voice feels flat and defeated.

“Hi kiddo,” Jeff gives me an encouraging pat on the back as I pass by. Something has changed. I am no longer his star, but his charity case. Achilles seems to notice too, balking at my lead, refusing to move forward. I turn to face his resistance. There is defiance in his dark eyes. He tosses his head, and I sigh. It’s so hard to stay strong when everyone else is making it difficult.

“Why don’t you try lunging him, first?” Jeff suggests, walking up and patting the horse on the shoulders. “He seems a bit moody, today.” I wonder if he is talking about Achilles or talking about me.

I walk Achilles back out of the ring, and grab a lead. For the next twenty minutes, I instruct the horse to walk, trot, and gallop.

“So, Achilles, this is what we’ve come to? Running around in circles?” He flicks his ears in my direction, listening as he does another loop.


4 Comments on “A Horse with an Attitude”

  1. Ellie August 17, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    Very interesting so far. I can’t wait for more… Would love to know how the horses name is pronounced.. Keep me posted on Amber’s next moves 😉

    More more more please!

    • Tricia M Foster August 18, 2014 at 5:52 am #

      Hi Ellie! I’m glad you’re enjoying it! Achilles is named after the Greek hero of the same name. I actually found an audio clip with the pronunciation. Isn’t the internet fabulous? If you click the follow button on the left hand side, you will receive all of the new scenes. I try to release two or three a week.

  2. marleen January 15, 2016 at 2:03 am #

    I love that your horse is like this with you! Horses are amazing animals, wish i had more experience with one!

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