This week has mostly been spent getting Galahad used to anything he might encounter at out trec event on Sunday. That even included wearing my new hat cover. I used to fall off a lot if I was wearing something new so I got into the habit of making sure that I never wear something for the first time at an event. It is a superstition that has stuck. It has meant that Cookster has been neglected a bit riding wise but I’ll make it up next week. Not that I suppose he minds!
I decided against using the saddle bags. Galahad was okay with them but he was definitely very aware of them and I thought that since everything will be very new to him anyway one less thing to worry about would probably be a good idea. Instead I will be using a backpack which I have worn on him several times before.
I did need to get him used to a map case though. Luckily, since we often take up our neighbour’s newspaper, he is used to me carrying flappy bits of paper and even having a sneaky read. He was not at all fazed by the map case and I was even able to open it and hold it when we were going along. Hopefully we will be able to make good use of that at the event. I think we are as prepared as we can be!