Only a horse person could get excited about this...
However, any of you that have been reading these posts for awhile know that John has had some difficulty adjusting to camping overnight at competitive trail rides (the ones that don't have stalls). His issue is that he prefers to only urinate in a stall. The Warren Tessier ride was awful for him in 2010, and that was the ride when I realized I needed to work on his issue.
In 2011, he did better. He found a nice grassy spot to relieve himself in as soon as I unloaded him from the trailer at Acadia National Park. Then again, if I had been in that trailer for that crazy ride, I might have done the same thing.
Long story short, he has been getting better about urinating outside as the season progressed. At home, he has still been waiting until he gets in his stall at night.
On Saturday, February 25th I put Secret in first, like I normally do. When I went back to the gate to get John, he was taking care of business. Progress!! Sometimes, time really is the best thing you can do for a problem. Next issue to focus on: his behavior issues while we're waiting to start at a competitive trail ride!