|The cutest nose ever.|
Today we rode IN THE FIELD with OTHER HORSES like GROWN UPS! I am so proud of this pretty lady. Barn Mates J and S were willing to let me bounce her off their big draft horses while we wandered around. Honestly, she didn't bounce much (though I think they helped her keep walking when she otherwise would have wanted to stop as we walked away from the herd). She's super fussy with her head at the walk. I'm looking forward to our lesson on Friday to see if Sharon has any tips for us on that, but for now I'm not really sweating it. She's a green bean.
But when we trot, she is magical. She doesn't fuss at all, she just gets to work. She'll even stretch a little, and she really pushes herself forward. I'm not taking up a lot of contact at this point, because I just want her to figure things out. But she was outstanding trotting around the field today like a big girl. We didn't go too far away from where the action was, but she wasn't worried about what the other horses and riders were doing. We even trotted over some poles, which I think she enjoyed. And when I wanted to walk again, she was happy to, and was definitely quieter.
The cutest thing, though, was when I turned her out. She's always polite about me taking the halter off, but today she just stood next to me and licked her lips. I started walking toward the herd, figuring she'd eventually wander off, but she just walked with me - I think they call this join-up, right? But I haven't worked on this in the round pen or anything. She's just a smarty! Anyway, we got to the herd, and I gave her a kiss on the nose and turned to walk back, and she walked all the way back up with me! So I walked her back out, patted her on the butt, found her a pile of Spanish moss to eat, and left again. This time she looked up when I was all the way back to the gate and winnied. SO. CUTE.
|Not a very flattering picture of the old girl, but she really is lovely.|