Yknow Sky, barrels ARE horse eating monsters. Haven't you heard? :P I'm glad you had a nice ride though! It's always a great feeling to have a ride start badly/have a bad middle but become a good ride by the end.
Haha that's so true MyBoyPuck! I've been discovering that too. Things go so much better when I let Lacey have the speed she wants. It really is the best. My favorite is that little edge of fear you feel about going that fast, but then once you are going that fast/finish going that fast, you realize that your horse just took better care of you at a "scary" speed than they regularly do at a "safe" speed.
That's so great Rachel1786! I totally understand that about kickers. I do the same thing (Lacey's not generally a kicker, but she'll voice her opinion if she thinks the horse behind her is too close, haha).
Also, little children+big horses=the cutest thing ever
80 degree temperatures, cacowgirl? What?! I'm SO jealous!! We've been stuck in the 40's with rain, rain, and more rain, for the last week. It's miserable. On the plus side, it means fewer people to worry about on the trails!
That's fantastic, Brighteyes! It's so interesting how little, seemingly unrelated, things really help a horse "get it" sometimes. I'm really happy for you two. I bet she's thinking "Wow! This is so much easier now!" haha
Today one of Lacey's newest lesson kids (a girl from camp who's adorable, she says things like "This horse is good for beginners so she's good for me, because I'm a beginner!" and she knew that Lacey was gray vs white = adorable) rode Lacey in a clear plastic poncho due to the rain. Lacey was concerned about it but got over her fear so well. She didn't even jump when the girl got on! She just sniffed the poncho before the girl got on, made eyes at it, blew on it a few times, and was fine.
It reminded me of the time I rode her in a tutu. Lacey was terrified of the tutu and made that very obvious when I tried to catch her while wearing the tutu. She eventually figured out that it was me in the tutu and allowed me to catch her even though the tutu was apparently the most terrifying thing she had ever seen.
5 minutes later, she was completely over the tutu and was wearing it as a collar around her neck without a thought.