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        12-30-2013, 07:12 PM
    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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        12-30-2013, 08:19 PM
    I have the laziest horse in the whole entire world. She is that perfect kid's horse that you can trust with literally anybody. In fact, her idea of "acting up" is not bucking or kicking out like a normal horse -she stands still and refuses to move. At the beginning of this year, I taught her the barrel pattern. Fat girl came to life! She absolutely loves running through the pattern and always tries her hardest. Her very first run won me money! I would have never guessed in a million years...
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        12-30-2013, 08:43 PM
    My boy has been known to go out of his way to not run over his rider if they fall off. He has jumped me like a fence when I lost my balance and somehow managed to fling myself down and in front of his neck. Good boy.
        01-01-2014, 12:28 AM
    I just started backing a mare that I bought at the beginning of August. She's like 10-11 years old and came to me unbroke, hard to catch, high headed and skittish as heck. Today we had our first ride around the neighborhood, covered about two miles in an hour and a half, and there were no hysterics or explosions. We had cars pass us and dogs bark at us and she gave me no trouble at all. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop!
        01-01-2014, 12:40 AM
    Hacked my guy out alone for the first time ever a few days ago. He went out almost perfectly, only stopped to look back at all the rest of his pasture mates once and then continued on. Perfectly well behaved, he rode through stuff that would have mortified a lot of other horses I've ridden including a rambunctious Pomeranian that darted out of the forest from a neighbors house (He spooked a bit but I think his own spook-fart scared him more than the dog in the end), but everything else we encountered during our ride including ATV's, Snowmobiles, ice and snow falling out of the trees in the forest, and plenty of squirrels darting everywhere didn't hardly phase him.

    Good boy. :)

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