(Why yes, this IS the "Larry channel" now. Why do you ask?)
This morning after chores I took Larry to the arena for a little exercise. Rick needed to see him move on the lunge line to finish the pre-purchase evaluation; there was no place to lunge him where we picked him up yesterday. Even though I am only leasing Larry, it is good to make sure we don't have any known problems going in.
Anyway, after a few rounds Larry stopped - I thought to check out the shiny puddles. Then I realized he was drinking from them!
I had noticed this morning that Sammy (the "old man" from a recent post) was making snake-eyes at Larry whenever Larry went out into his paddock. They are in adjoining stalls and paddocks and share a stock tank, so I'm guessing that Sammy hasn't let "the new guy" drink. Poor Larry; we gave him a private water tub for now. Sammy has been at the bottom of the pecking order for awhile; I guess he saw a chance to elevate his status and jumped on it!
As you can see, Larry-boy is in poor condition (although he looks a bit worse for his "dry" night here). I won't be doing much under saddle until he builds up some protective back muscle and fat, which will let me enjoy watching his nice, big gaits from the end of the lunge line. I had my eye on a schooling show in March, but I think that would be pushing it. Better to take our time.