Man oh man... After a long week of 'strategic planning' with our executive team (dotted with plenty of Pia daydreams...) I finally busted out to the barn this morning for some serious mare love.
P was all sweetness and very appreciative of a thorough currying since she seems to have decided to eject all of her hair all at once.
She still looks a little mincy to me on the lunge, but she worked out of it and I hopped on after about 10 minutes since she looks mellow and seemed to be fairly focused on me.
The only hint that she hadn't been ridden in over a week was a slightly higher level of stickiness which showed up after an easy initial transition to the trot but then stuck with us for about 4 laps. For some reason I was feeling timid in getting after her and P's STOP-BITE-BITE was met with my baby nudge-tap-tap...
Once we were through that though, the mare was a gem. Her trot was forward and lofty and she was bending nicely around my leg in both directions.
It was just what I needed and after 30 minutes of easy forward work on the buckle we went back to the barn for some sprucing. The fuzzy knees got clipped, whiskers trimmed and I took scissors to the mare's mane to remedy the mullet she was attempting to sprout...
A lazy day at the barn full of hair flying in all directions was just what I needed. I'll post some pics tomorrow so everyone can see Miss P's funky new 'do.
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