Let's take a moment to appreciate the Pros of our current ponies, whether you own them or just ride them in lessons.
Lily has so many pros, many that I have come to take for granted.
- Best ground manners of any horse, ever. She is very responsive to body language, always politely staying "in her box", never ever crowding you. This is not just with me: she is like this with anyone who handles her. There have been rare moments when she's spooked or acted out at the end of the lead line (I can count these moments in one hand), and even then she has still stayed at the end of the lead line. She came to me already like this and it is a quality that has been easy to maintain.
|Walking with Charles|
|I mean, seriously.|
|Like I said, sweetest mare ever.|
|Lateral movement, even from the ground!|
- She used to trust me on the ground more than anywhere else. I could walk through fire and she'd follow. Not only that, I can send her forward to confront things, be it jumps, bridges, water crossings, mud, or the entrance to the field. I stand aside, point, maybe cluck, and on she goes ahead, then turns around and waits for me. She now trusts me in the saddle as well. I feel like we are an invincible team when I ride her now.
- She will willingly work in the arena for me, but man she loves those trails, especially now that she is not afraid anymore. One of my goals with her has been to be able to do pretty much anything with her, and so far, so good. There is a bunch of stuff that I still want to at least try with her, one of them being cutting/sorting. I think she'd have a ball chasing cattle once she realized what it's about.
|Pointy attentive ears!|
- The fact that this mare inspired me enough to start this blog. I say it regularly, but it never ceases to amaze me the number of people I've met and the things I've tried and done thanks to the Blogosphere. There is something very special about knowing there is a group of people out there that not only enjoys reading our story, they really care. Thank you guys. :')