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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Blessi and the Apple Paddle
This summer, Blessi and I attended a Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) tourney. One of the most challenging obstacles did not involve throwing a lance or chopping a head off a bandit--oh no, Blessi was fine with all that. The tricky part involved an apple.
One challenge consisted of balancing an apple on a paddle, carrying the apple to an elevated box, and dropping it in. So Johannes, the equestrian marshall, puts the apple on the paddle that I am carrying. And what does Blessi do? He starts circling to the right to chase the apple. He was convinced that the apple was a treat for him and if we circled enough he could get that apple.
After he stopped laughing, Johannes walked in front of us to get Blessi to stop circling. We followed him and successfully dropped the apple into the box.
We were able to deposit the second apple on our own. Unfortunately, I don't have any photos of Blessi circling. Blessi was the only horse that tried this but then he was the only Icelandic in the tourney.