I never mentioned what I did with Lilly on Sunday... I didn't want to work her after the tough ride she had with Alex, but I still wanted to go spend some time with her. A fellow boarder had the idea to gather up some scary objects and work with our horses to get them used to new things.
Both of our horses have a fear of things coming at their faces, so we selected a giant Parelli ball, an umbrella, and a big flag. Her horse is used to the Parelli ball, but I knew it would probably terrify Lilly. She's afraid of her Jolly Ball, so I didn't hold much hope that she'd be okay with a giant, green, bouncing ball either. It didn't take long until she was ok with it being bounced next to her and being rolled underneath her, but it took a bit longer to get her ok with the ball rolling right at her front legs. She never tried to run away and never pulled back, though, so I was quite proud of how brave she was.
The boarder's horse was playing "soccer" with the Parelli ball, but I couldn't get Lilly to push it unless it was by mistake. A couple times she hit the ball with her foot if I managed to be sneaky enough, but she wouldn't do it on her own by walking into the ball. I've tried to get her to squeeze through or knock over barrels with her shoulders in the past and I just can't seem to convince her that she can go forward. It's like she thinks the objects are stationary and I'm an idiot for asking her to run into things. Any ideas on how to get her to push things?
She was totally ok with the giant flag (parade pony, here we come!), and didn't mind the umbrella until I spun it like a top in front of her. That got the stink eye for quite some time, but then she got bored with it and tried to eat the handle.
We want to get a hula hoop, some pool noodles, and a plastic kiddie pool for our next adventure!