Well, it had to happen sooner or later. I finally got a chance to ride Dusty today. It’s been so busy around here getting ready for Christmas there hasn’t been much time for the horses. There is still a lot of preparation before I’m done, but sometimes you simply have to take a day and do something you want/need to do.
While I groomed Dusty and de-burred her mane and tail, she actually groomed me back. Dusty never/rarely does this, so I was pleased and surprised. She is a very standoffish mare. Maybe she’s missed our one-on-one time together. Dare I hope that she’s actually starting to like/tolerate me?
After tacking up, we moseyed down to the indoor, adjusted the saddle and girth and confronted the mounting block. She was actually listening while I positioned her. But then she couldn’t help herself and had to take a step, swinging her butt away from the block because, yes, she’s just that stubborn and opinionated. And so we lunged for a short time. After which she decided it was a better idea to stand still. I mounted and she stood until I told her to move off. This is a huge improvement for her.
We walked on a loose rein for a while and then took up the trot. Today she decided to keep her pace steady for most of the time. When she got a little enthusiastic I half-halted and she came right back. She was listening to my leg, rein and seat aids. In general, Dusty did whatever I asked of her. Since it has been about three weeks since we’ve ridden together, I only trotted around a few times in each direction. Afterward, we practiced walking using just my seat for steering while I dropped the reins. She was perfect. Thank you Dusty!
I wonder if this was her way of giving me an early Christmas present. Or maybe she has been missing her treats. Whatever her reason for being the Un-Dusty today, I’ll take it. Best not look at a gift from a horse and wonder the reasons why; it’s better to just enjoy the gift.
Until next time
Quote for Today
A horse is an angel without wings