Friday, 2 September 2016

Just Can't Even

I knew we were in for some Bridger theatrics the moment I got in the saddle. Why? Because she let out this huge martyred pony sigh as I swung my leg over. Even EC had to laugh "So sorry to interrupt your  busy day, Bridget!"

To give Bridget her due, she truly does find some of the stuff were working on at the moment quite difficult, both mentally and physically. But don't feel too sorry for her, she gets a ton of breaks and lots of encouragement,  plus extra leeway as always simply because she's cute and we can't help ourselves!

Shoulder in is coming along nicely. Travers, though is really, really hard for her.  You'd have to see it to believe it, but even at a walk she's like "Wait! My hind leg is where? And my front there? And I bend how? Are you sure? OK....*cue pony twister game where one leg gets planted in its last known location and the rest wander along without it*

I couldn't resist
LOL, poor Midge, being bendy and supple does have its downsides. Needless to say, we are happy with even two or three strides and pretend she's a genius so she gets super proud of herself. That has unfortunately left an impression because if I'm not super on the ball, she will attempt some really awkward and bad traver at weird moments.  "Lengthen trot? Canter? Ha ha, silly human, I am capable of SO much more than that! Watch this!" Then, being the pony mare she is, she does not like to hear that maybe that's not quite what we had in mind. Cue much sulking, groaning, and sighing.

So, we had a lot of discussion about a lot of things last night. Because when Bridget gets frustrated, EVERYTHING is up for debate. Forward has to be established as a thing, then whoa. Turning off the outside aids, ditto. Going into contact. She even half decided to be barn sour, for the first time ever. Silly mare.

Finally, we ended on a great note, called it a day and went for a short cool down hack up the road. I lengthened my reins and....Bridget proceeded to be so interested in being all dramatic about me "finally" letting her stretch she forgot about her feet and proceeded to trip over the road shoulder and fall on her face in super slow motion spectacular awesomeness.



Yep, one of those days where I probably should have just left her alone so she could just think about important things, like how to horse.

12 comments:

  1. Ahwww that definitely sounds like a hard day to horse.

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    1. Some days it's a real struggle for her :)

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  2. Oh Midge... lol. It's funny how dramatic they can be sometimes!

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    1. I'd almost worry if she was zero drama with Ginger being related and 110% drama 24/7 :)

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  3. Carmen feels her pain. If only we would just understand them!

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    1. I actually feel it a little on my gym trips. Start out like "yay fitness!", then a little while later "I hate you trainer lady! You suck! Fitness is too hard!" ;)

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  4. They have off days too. She thinks she should have called in sick.

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    1. I gave her a mental health/sick day yesterday so she could lie around and eat all day, let's hope that's done the trick!

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  5. Hahaha oh man. I had a day like that myself yesterday :)

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  6. My mare gets so distracted by random things that she trips and nearly falls all the time. Drives me bonkers!

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