When I pulled into the Farm, P was munching her way through some hay with the rest of the herd. She seemed comfortable surrounded by everyone, and I was proud to see that she was capable of not being run off her food in the group.
It was also apparent that she has become somewhat of a YAK. The mare who didn't even justify a body clip last year has grown a veritable yak-coat. Which, I suppose means that her body is happy, healthy and mostly normal. However, her ears look ridiculous (although warm) with 3" of pouf coming out of them... lol
Anyway, I made myself some tea and chatted with the farm hand before heading out to the field to find Miss Mare. I was disappointed to see that instead of munching with the rest of the group, she had moved herself aaaaallll the way to the back of the field where she was gazing longingly at a gray arab gelding across the street.
It appears that this has become part of P's normal routine. Eat. Pine. Eat. Nap. Pine some more. Sleep.
She is utterly convinced that this gray gelding is her soul mate. (what??).
|"this place smells like salty dead things"|
|I think she was looking for whales...|
Of all the things that were surprising to me during our ride, legging up (sans air-vest) from the ground, without help on pavement was one thing I never really expected to do on her. Not that anything in that sentence is remarkable on its own, but they are all indicative to how much more relaxed and stable the mare is, along with how much my own nerves have quieted about her....
The ride was uneventful. P took it like a champ. Smelling scary piles of wood and seaweed, bravely putting her nose on anything that was questionable, and most importantly - Continuing to stride out and stay forward for the whole time.
|Once again, chilly temps and gloves had a negative impact on my iphone photog skills...|
All in all, I was thrilled. Thrilled that the beast is happily progressing, thrilled to be on a beach with my mare, and thrilled to be able to spend a day doing nothing but patting my furry, mud covered beast. It reinforced my current thought that even if P stays a "trail horse" (though I doubt she will forever), I definitely still want her to be my trail horse. She's so cool :)