Every ride at the moment. My 3 year old is so wiling to learn and do wants to please that every ride she amazes me.
Yesterday she surprised me by being totally cool with ponying a bigger, older mare during our cool out, where I was riding with just a halter and the lead dangling. The older mare had a big spook at something or another, and Zoe jumped forward in response but immediately calmed down and came back to my aids.
She's picked up on neck reining a bit as well, just from riding with the lead rope only attached on one side. (Or she's *that* good with leg cues, I'll take either.)
Last week I hopped on her bareback with just a halter in a big hay field, she was good as gold. Then rode bareback at all 3 gaits in the snow, not a step wrong.
A couple weeks ago I decided to try to pick up manure in the arena while mounted. The last time I'd tried that was on my 7 year old gelding who nearly pooped himself and would have none of it. Once again, she was just great.
I do stuff on/to her that I expect to get a reaction from, but she handles most stuff as if she's been doing it her entire life.
Having said that, she gets it in her mind once in a while that the blanket I'm trying to put on her is going to eat her alive...
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