She looks at me in bewilderment.... Back out to the round pen for side-passing on the long line again, and longing both directions. No kicking! Woo hoo!!! The winter has worn long on me, and the sun was shining so I decided to saddle up for the first time in a few months. Thoughts are ticking around in my head as to what she will do, and will a new training opportunity present itself again today. Tacking up brought out the usual mare ears, pinched in nose, and snabbiness. Since she was only biting the crap out of her lead rope and not me I let that training opportunity alone. Back out to the oval pen we go. I recheck my saddle and mount up. Her ears perk forward, we walk, we trot, we do pretty back ups, we work on "icky" side-passing, and the stress of the past 60 days dissolves into nothingness. She is responsive, attentive, and tries very hard to give what I ask of her. What could have been a crappy horse day evolved into a truly great training opportunity. We finished up and she had a soft eye. I scratched her itchy spots and took her to her stall for a wet mash. We move forward from here to just get her fit again. I expect six weeks from now we should be going pretty good if the weather will please cooperate.
Disclaimer: No horses were injured in the making of this training opportunity.☺