I had a lesson come and since it was so hot, I decided to not have the girl ride and to play games on the ground instead. Her absolute FAVORITE game we pla is one where I have a bag filled with slips of paper that each have a body part written on them, then we figure out where that body part is and duct tape the slip of paper to the horse in that spot. She REALLY wanted to use Lady for that game this time and I figured that it would be good exposure for Lady (the more strange stuff constantly happening, the more she's going to just accept weirdness as a matter of course), so we used Lady. Surprisingly, Lady had exactly zero problems with having slips of paper duct taped ALL over her body. Front legs, back legs, hooves, face, ears, nothing was an issue.
I was pretty impressed and proud!
It's stinking hot again. Today, so far, has been cooler than yesterday but none of us are really used to the heat (this is the first heat wave of the summer) so the ponies are sweating profusely just standing around the field (and I'm sweating profusely standing there with them but you didn't want to know that). Therefore, they didn't really work at all today either.
This morning I did practice some lunging with Lady and I'm not really 100% sure that she learned much. However, this seems to be how she learns; she makes me think she's learning nothing by behaving like a nutcase, then behaves like a trained champion at life the next time we practice. So I'm hopeful.
I actually got her trotting on cue at one point which is an improvement! She also "whoa"-d really well when I asked. However, after a couple rounds of trotting, she started getting pretty excited and then bolted off on me. Thankfully she's small enough that her bolts are pretty easily contained so she didn't succeed but it was interesting. I have found that when she starts getting mentally overloaded and about to "check out" she curls her tail over her back - not flagging, just curls it around. So I'm kinda using that as a gauge and the second her tail starts moving weird, I slow down her pace a little.
She also picked up a canter (un-cued) in this session. It was actually a "buck, buck, buck, canter stride, buck, buck, buck, canter stride, trot" so yknow... lol! Interestingly, that canter didn't get her excited but trotting really seems to.
A theory I have is that right now she's so out of shape that the process of getting in shape is thrilling to her. From her general demeanor, I'm willing to hypothesize that once she's in shape, she'll be pretty sedate most of the time.
My goal for tomorrow is to get up really early (7am-ish) and take them out around 8am when it's cooler. I'd really like to work on ponying again but I want to do it when we're all pretty comfortable and not cranky about anything.
They both got new flymasks today (no pictures ) and they look really cute. Lacey's is Arabian sized and Lady's is yearling sized. Lacey's head is small but Lady's head makes Lacey's head look warmblood sized!
I also got a new kind of flyspray because the stuff I had been using just wasn't cutting it. It's supposedly "sweat proof" so we'll see. At $25/bottle, it BETTER be sweat proof! :P And this spray has sunscreen in it which'll be good for Lady's pink nose. He nose keeps getting sunburned and I feel bad! I really need to get her some sunscreen lotion but the people store is such a frustrating place. Lol!