When we got back to Summerlane Farm, I hosed him off, freshened up his water, and left him to rest for the better part of two hours. This group always does a potluck lunch which is hard to walk away from. I never once worried about him. Like I said, I've prepared this horse well. When I walked back to the truck to load him up, Izzy turned to look at me as he continued chewing. As expected, he had stood patiently and completely relaxed.
I loaded him up for home as though Saturday group trail rides were his normal. When we got home, he seemed almost surprised to be back so soon.
I think Izzy and I could really use some trail rides to strengthen our relationship. Saturday is looking like a good day to do that.