Today was another sunny day, so more play time. Judging by the first picture, I think Tenakee has baby from God in there.
But strangely enough I don't think she has a hay belly, rather just a bit of I-held-a-foal-in-here-for-twelve-months belly, which is quite understandable. My other mares look far more pregnant than Tenakee, but the only thing they're carrying is lots o' hay.
First our adventure started with a quick ride, same as the end of yesterday's adventure. Tenakee was a lot more willing today, and gave me some hope and I was quite proud of her. Yesterday I rode for maybe five minutes, but today was a whopping ten, mainly because I didn't have to spend my entire time squeeeeeeezing to get her going. (I don't kick to go, instead I do steady pressure and release once they step off. It took a bit, but today she really got it. It helps that even as an old lady, she is pretty sharp.) Takala was more calm today then yesterday, which was the first time she's seen me ride. Yesterday she wheeled around and kept her distance, today she had such interest in my boots, the reins, and demanded mom stop a few times for a drink. After dismounting, I got a shot of Tenakee 'all tacked up'. It may not seem like an impressive feat, but take into consideration I only have a long distance lens and an in-your-pocket type mare. Just call it a late Christmas miracle.
I think even the short lessons Tenakee got throughout her pregnancy helped tremendously. She even understands the 'come pick me up' game, which certainly helped today while attempting to mount with a camera in one hand. (I had to destroy the snowman I made for Takala and use it as an addition to my mounting block. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
In addition to all of this fun, I decided to give Takala a friend. It may be an inanimate red ball that is about as large as she is, but I'm sure it will help her pass the time in any case. Even then it didn't distract her from the fence very long. I went to the big city for about an hour, and up returning I found Takala outside of her designated area. The only thing that surprised me about it was Tenakee was as cool as a cucumber. I figured big mama'd break right through the fence, but Lila was more worried about getting back in. But our hoof picking up sessions did good, as she was already almost back in, I just lifted her back feet up and over one by one, and she squeezed back in the fence. I think she learned her lesson today, but we will have some supervised time in the area connected to Tenakee's pen to learn what a fence really does. Don't need any escaping, especially while I am gone. Luckily that went off without a hitch, but I knew it was going to happen with how little respect she has for fencing.