Today I thought I'd wash her tail and her legs, then take her on a ride in the not rainy weather. Well, it was not rainy until I got her legs all washed off and all the conditioner out of her tail, then it started POURING.
On the plus side, it was about 50*F out so being super super wet wasn't too bad. I ended up so wet that when I leaned over Lacey to dismount, a stream of water came out of my coat and went running down the saddle. It was ridiculous. On the double plus side, my saddle is synthetic so no amount of water is going to really hurt it.
In other news, I'm restarting Lacey's clicker training. She's a huge fan of the whole clicker thing, but before when I was using it on her I wasn't able to do it as often as she needed to really learn anything. Now though, since she's basically at home, I see her everyday so I'm able to, hopefully, really teach her some stuff. Right now I'm clicking her for moving her feet. I'm not sure what trick/behavior I'm going to use that for but there's probably something. Maybe "dancing"? I don't know yet.
She does get a little nibble-y with all these carrot pieces she's getting but so far she's only nibble-y during training and as soon as I tell her training is done (by rubbing her face enthusiastically, telling her she's a good girl, and generally being animated), she stops, even if I still have treats. And I never reward the nibble-y behavior so no worries there.
I'm already pleased with her progress though. She started out yesterday (when I started this officially) with just a few foot movements forward and today she progressed to moving forward multiple steps AND backwards multiple steps. So go her!
Going down to my house to get her feet/tail washed (we were going on a ride after so she was carrying her stuff):
Look at those cute lil' socks she has! They're my absolute favorite. I love that front one, how the sock has black in it too... Interesting!
Heading down the the trail:
"You know I hate rain in my face, maybe if I try to tuck my head it'll go away..."
Also, note how she's holding the bit herself. I laughed really hard when I saw that, even her mouth looks miffed!
Double also, look who's wearing a snaffle and not a pelham! Somehow sommmmmeoooonnnnneeee decided that they miraculously can feel jointed snaffles and that they don't need to freak out about them anymore!
"Thank goodness, we're not walking into the rain anymore!"
"Too much wet!!"
All the snow we had melt last week and all the rain we've been getting has turned an underground stream into and above ground stream. At it's deepest point it's about a foot deep. It's terrifying to me becuase it's just the right width to grab Lacey's hoof and twist her leg. Yikes!
And because Lacey hates being left out of pictures:
So deep and scary!!
My camera got so wet that the lens was doing some weird watery stuff and I was so wet that I was highly ineffective at wiping it off. Haha!
Lacey's tail when we got back! All clean and...dry??
Her crupper decided to give her a red dorsal stripe... Apparently it didn't like getting wet too much... haha!
Also, Lacey and I jumped a log in the forest 4 times! It was absolutely terrifying (but fun).
I'd get Lacey trotting, she'd trot right up to it, then stop for a second, act like "OH SHOOT! I didn't see that log there!!", and LAUNCH herself over that thing, giving it probably 2 feet more than it's 14 inch height warranted. Towards the end I got her so that she was just jumping it huge, no weird stopping, but it was still scary. She's so much fun, so the best horse to be trying out stiff with. I felt kinda bad though because I probably, accidentally, didn't release enough maybe 3 out of the 4 jumps. They were completely draped before the jump but somehow by mid-jump they were tight on her mouth.