Let me first just say how much I love my sweet pony. She is to die for, I'm telling you! I walked out to her pasture, hollered "sweet pea!" and came jogging over to see me. If that doesn't warm your heart, I don't know what will.
I got her groomed and fly sprayed and decided instead of riding her bareback with the dinky snaffle bit, which I usually do in case something awful happens and I end up getting in her mouth, I decided to use my regular bridle and bit. I'm so much better at riding her bareback now, and she's so much better about everything, that I thought it would be okay to move on to bigger and better things.
She rode like a superstar today. We walked, jogged, and loped around the arena without a single issue. Even her transitions were like butter... I squeezed and she stepped into each transition like it was nothing. I remember the days when I had to sneak a handful of mane before asking for the lope when we were bareback. Not any longer!
She was SO good. We had a really nice ride and enjoyed spending time together. I could tell she was enjoying herself and there was a lot of licking every time I rubbed her shoulder and told her she was a good girl. She's getting better about not holding tension in her jaw when we're working, and I find that a nice rub and a super enthusiastic "good girl" really helps her relax. She tries so desperately to please!
I must say, though, that she is getting FAT. The late summer grass is coming in and she has quite a bit to eat out there. Without any exercise, she's plumping right up. I need to double check that the BO isn't feeding her more than a handful of grain at breakfast and then figure out what to do about her giant belly.
|Enjoying some scratches!|