Gary headed over to the stables around 5:00 p.m. and Cindy met him there after work. Cindy was scheduled to have a private lesson at 6:30 p.m. so Gary went over to groom/tack/lunge LBR beforehand.
LBR lunged nicely and was very calm. The lesson before Cindy's was running late so she just walked/trotted LBR in the arena while the other lesson was finishing.
LBR started nicely in his lesson....until someone in the nearby round-pen cracked a whip. It's dark at this point and Cindy and LBR were in the well lit arena. However, the lunge pen isn't lit and is not visible when you're in the arena.
This set LBR off and he became super forward and non-focused. The trainer thought that some lunging might settle him down so she lunged LBR. He was super frisky...squealing in one corner when he was cantering, not listening, etc...
Eventually, the trainer admitted that though he was tired, there was no getting his 100% focus.
Cindy got back on and the lesson continued. LBR was much better. The walk/trot flat work went well and LBR was a dream over the ground poles. They ended the lesson on a good note.
After the ride, Gary rinsed off LRB's saddle area before taking him back to his paddock for treats.