We talked about this before the weekend.
About the importance of knowing the one quality you appreciate the most in your horse. Sometimes the answer can be a bit surprising.
As promised, here’s what I appreciate most with Gray Mare.
We can do focused work, while staying (relatively) safe.
No lunging on Monday mornings. We work in all sorts of weather. (Although less, eh, well, in wind.) And with some negotiation, we work when she’s in heat, and when other stuff is going on.
Sure, she often drops her shoulder, bucks, or more recently, throws in a huge spin when she spooks at random ridiculous things.
Ignoring the death-speed bolting across the grass field when there are turkeys there. Oh yeah, and the dolphin moves with squealing if she’s feeling ON and you make the mistake of touching her with the leg, you know, to say, -“Hey, we can’t stand and stare here like a statue any longer or you’re going to spook yourself out.” Or if she’s touched with the leg at any time she’s feeling a bit feisty.
Forget that. It’s mostly for show.
Most days, she can work, breathing hard, and really trying.
The best part – she’ll come back down, just as easy. I appreciate this with her so much. Makes things much more fun – working without too much nerve.
More irrelevant, I also love how she’ll hold absolutely still if I’m around her legs. Taking off ice boots, fiddling with blanket straps, she’ll hold, making sure never to hurt her human. Nice quality in a friend.