I had Carolina out of her pasture while I was cleaning the tack and feed shed I have. I had her saddle and gear out on the grass and she kept coming up and grabbing her bridle. I guess she figured it was a game.
She certainly has got more lively since she's been on better feed!
Since her feet have been feeling better today (no sign of ouchies at all) and she had been pacing up and down the fenceline - she even bucked and pranced til she got my attention. Which is why I got her out. She followed me around like a puppy.
Anyway - I decided to lunge her for a few minutes just to see how she would do. I lunged for 5 minutes each side and praised her, took her line off and went back to oiling her tack. She came over and picked up her bridle. I swear she even snorted at me.
So I tacked her up and lunged her five minutes each way again (only at a walk and trot) and she seemed to really enjoy it. I swear I've never met a horse before that liked attention like she does!
Thinking she did really great I got on and rode her for about 5 minutes more. OMG she has the most amazing sitting trot I've ever ridden! I just melted. She's push button! Even after 2 years of no riding she responded to cues really well.
I got off and praised her, took her for a walk to cool her off and then gave her a bath - which she absolutely loved. Put her back in her pasture - at which she promptly rolled as all freshly washed horses do. I have to say though - it's the first time since she's been home she rolled.
She's just so happy! She's amazing! It's almost like she wants to exercise and play.
Here are some pictures, I promise I won't do it often. I broke my own rules. Please don't shoot me yet.
*I also normally ride with a helmet I just wasn't expecting to be riding and it was safely in my tack shed doing it's job protecting my shelf
*Yes I know my stirrups are a bit short