|Random Ginger pics to break up the wall of text|
When I start thinking bigger picture I realize there are a lot of things she's equally funny about. I know the vast majority of horses thrive on routine, but Ginger's a bit excessive about it really.
|Save me from myself!|
Our rides are best if they are structured the same way. She prefers to have only one rider. She would ideally like only one handler. She dislikes new coaches. She dislikes it if you do anything on the 'wrong' side. This includes mane trimming and even posting diagonals. She gets super uptight if she doesn't know the other horses in the ring. On our trail rides, she's fine with normal vehicles. Vehicles with trailers are death though. She hates new barns. She dislikes meeting new horses. The list goes on, and on, and on. I make a point of being slightly unpredictable so it's not like she's never been blanketed from her off side. She's moved barns plenty. She's had other people ride her and I've had a few different coaches. I certainly mess up my diagonals now and then. I don't always use the same halter or fly spray. As a result, her panic response is pretty much gone, but she's still quite happy to let you know she's not impressed with such deviations from the 'right' or usual way. If you had have asked me a few months ago whether I make any concessions, I would have said no, but now that I have easy going Bridget I notice all the little things I do without thinking, in an attempt to keep the peace I guess. In recent months, Ginger has reminded me that I must always unbuckle my reins rather than tossing them over her head, I usually groom starting on the near side. I always use a step stool, but not a chair, to trim her bridle path (again on the near side apparently). I use Cowboy Magic Detangler. The other stuff smells weird and is not acceptable. I always catch her by putting the lead rope around her neck first. If you just leave it hanging off the halter while walking towards her it's scary. She thinks she is supposed to stop moving while I play with my phone. And apparently I always pick her hooves in the same order. All stuff I honest to goodness would have never noticed I did until I changed it slightly and Ginger called me out on it.
She knows me better than I know myself, obviously. And I'd like to think she still likes me in spite of it all :)
|Also, from yesterdays photo shoot, I came across evidence that like me, she does not appreciate Bridget's tendency to photo bomb.|