I think it's a good thing, Caroline! At least, according to a variety of credible and non-credible sources... I guess the thinking is that you don't naturally turn yourself and another person into a "we" unless you feel pretty comfortable with them - "we" implies a continuing/future relationship. The thing is the "naturally" bit though - obviously, if you're working together with someone on something or otherwise HAVING to work with someone, you're going to generally say "we" about the situation.
I don't know though. I'm no expert on humanity!
Lacey is looooooving her massages still! She's getting another one tomorrow at 10am - it'll be her third! I think I might hop on her on Friday and ride around the pasture a little, just to see if I can 'feel' it..
But in any case, she's feeling SO much better! I'm really absolutely impressed.
For instance, since she messed up her leg/pastern in the Fall of 2012 and then re-injured herself this last Fall, she's pretty much always "pointed" that leg/toe just a little bit when she's standing around or eating. It ws never all that dramatic, but she definitely hasn't been bearing even pressure on both legs.
Since the second massage on Monday, I haven't seen her point that toe once. She's been evenly standing on BOTH front legs.
She's even resting her hinds less! She usually always stands with a hind leg cocked, but with these massages, she's been standing really square MUCH more often.
I'm all around really really impressed. And really thankful I was able to get these massages for her! She's been so much happier, and she just LOVES getting massaged. The lady who's doing it told me last time that she's never a horse that was "so sweetly grateful". Awwwwwww!
Maybe, if she continues on this trajectory of comfort, we'll be able to go for a trail ride one of these days! I don't want to be toooo optimistic, but maybe part of her discomfort after a longer ride has been due to long-term bodily tension?
In any case, I'm thrilled that this can happen for her.
And see, guys? I have no way to explain it but I'm pretty sure God loves Lacey a lot a lot and makes it really easy for me to care for her "right". I mean, I've never had to pay to board her somewhere in 5 years of ownership, she loves kids and is perfect for lessons = paying for all her food/supplement needs, free massages, 'free' goats, she's never been really sick or really injured - chronic illnesses and her leg thing, sure, but nothing really bad...the list goes on. I just can't explain it any other way.
I'm SO eternally grateful because she really deserves a certain level of care and if I were to try to pay out of pocket for all those things she just "magically" gets...well, lets just be quite assured that there would be absolutely no way. And I would feel terrible because she's my baby and, at her age, deserves the very best.
On the goat-front, guess who's learning to bow? Atticus! He's picking it up pretty well too!
I started on it yesterday and he's already beginning to look for treat between his front legs [I'm training this one with the "luring" technique since it's not something he would naturally do - I hold a treat between his front legs and give it to him when he stretches his front legs+head down] when I say "prize"!
I'm using the word "prize" for it because it would be hilarious to eventually be able to say "what do you do when you get a prize?" and have him bow.
Anyway, it'll probably be a few more days before that one is "good enough" for a video but I'll get one! Then you guys will see how much better he is at his other ones too! We've also been working on "stay". "Stay" is a little hard with goat, I find, because, for instance, with a dog, you would have them lay down, then stay. Or sit, then stay. That way it's more immediately obvious when they're thinking about leaving and there's just a titch of extra effort they have to put into leaving. However, for Atti, since goats don't lay down often or sit, it's been hard for him to understand really what I want when I say "stay" since he's just standing - and it's been hard for me to catch him before he moves. Anyway, so far he's staying for longer when I tell him "stay", but it's hard to know WHY he's staying. I'm not sure if he's really put the action together with the word yet.
Basically, we've been working on it when I feed him. I tell him "stay", back off, have him stand for 10, or so, seconds, then say "ok", and let him eat. He definitely knows that "ok" is his release word though!!
Llamas make me laugh.
Lacey was SO happy to be let out of her stall on Monday morning! Haha
We've been basically living in a cloud for the last week. I can barely remember what the sky looks like.
Atti REALLY wanted Hazel to play with him.
Hazel REALLY did not want to play.
I hope you guy are doing superbly!!