Prair has continued toe be a relatively calm, lazy mare and I have relished light hacks where I just... don't. care. Is she using herself perfectly? no. Are we engaged and uphill all the time? for sure not, but it is so freaking nice to just ride and not pick a fight and know that Prair is relaxed and happy that it's enjoyable.
I think the fact that we have a move to a more structured program looming in the near future is also contributing to my current love affair with such a laissez-faire attitude.
Also, spirits have been buoyed by a significantly less-lame Gus, which is also fun to see. He has more spring to his step and is just more energetic and engaged. He is clearly feeling better (why I don't know, I'm just enjoying it) so playing with two, happy, healthy horses is just not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
Also, look at this face. She has been an absolute lover. Just soft and quiet and willing to stand untied and gently negotiate for cookies.
|a slightly more insistent cookie face|
|Gussie and his cute faced friend.|