Anyway, something about the pace of the day and the on again, off again stormy weather had me in the mood to just play with the mare. Groom her up all sparkly, let her run loose and then just sit quietly for a bit.
The barn was quiet and dark when I got there, the horses were all finishing up lunch and it felt like all sorts of a Sunday afternoon. I keep hoping that there will be a mini Poppet scampering around when I show up, but the mare is patiently waiting and holding that giant baby in for all it's worth.
The BO has constructed the first "corner" versions of her slow feeders for the stalls, so Riley's big bale sized box got placed in P's shed and she has been obsessed ever since. I guess this shouldn't come as much of a surprise, since the mare is also obsessed with lick-its, hanging balls and anything else she can slowly attempt to eat/fight with.
I was pleased to see that she seems to be working with the box quite well and so far she seems to be consuming at about the right amount... Though we will have to stay tuned, as she's a quick learner and might start hoovering the food out of the box somehow...
Once I managed to pull P's nose away from her new toy, I spent some time polishing the girl up and continuing to remove vast amounts of fur from her body. I don't know why, but she refuses to just shed out like a normal horse. She's trickling enough fur to clump all over pads and her girth and everything I wear, but not enough to actually get the damn job done. It's infuriating.. but I digress.
Like I said, it felt like a lazy day, so I opted to just do some groundwork and let the mare play in the arena by herself. She's been really respectful lately, not testing the waters with me on the ground at all, no attempts to escape, very - dare I say- obedient? So our groundwork went well. I took her halter off and chased her away to go play, which she refused to do.
Instead, she snorted at the mirrors (first time she's EVER cared about the pretty horse in the mirror..) and kept just trotting back to me. So I'd send her away, she'd snort at the mirrors, then trot back to me.
|She's easily impressed...|
This is her right side (mostly canter, some nice trot) and I can tell that she's really starting to move a little better. Way less tension in that right hind and more capable of stepping under. Yay! Progress!
Afterward, we did a little groundwork without her halter, which is always affirming and exceptionally entertaining for me. P can be such a sweet girl when she wants to. Maybe that's why I get so offended when she's not. :)
|sweet mare behaves occasionally...|
|Not impressed with the weather.|