This morning, in an effort to beat the heat, Miss Lace and I went on an 8am ride. It was, to put it mildly, THE BEST. She was SO good. Like SO good. At first she wasn't super into it, but I don't blame her: today we took the "hard" trail which is about a mile of near straight up-ness. Usually we take the other "easier" trails but the 'hard' one is a bit more exciting, a better workout, AND, double bonus, it ends in a nice loop. So, unlike the other trail options, we don't ever have to just turn around.
Lacey's not really inclined to use turning around as an evasion, usually, [if she doesn't want to go somewhere, she'll walk forward while turning her head around and if you let up on her, she will turn...but s long as you keep her moving forward/smack her with a crop, she'll snap out of it pretty fast] but having access to a loop is super nice.
Anyway, she protested pretty much the whole way up but started getting into it as we neared the top of the hill [mountain, for all you East-Coast-ers ]. We got to the top and she did super well about not getting really bargy, she stayed pretty relaxed the whole time, even through my dismounting to walk her over a large log [it was about a foot tall and maybe a little less wide, and solid as heck...not something I wanted her to trip over! Haha], my remounting, AND an unexpected group of construction workers.
She even did great as we walked down the hill/mountain [I always walk her down on foot because the footing is not super reliable gravel and with how steep it is...]. Sometimes she starts getting a little pushy about that since she knows we're going home - not today!
When we got to the bottom, we took a little detour down one of the "easy" trails so as to make our trip less "up the hill, the HOME!!" and she looooved it. I actualy had to physically cue to her to turn for home. Usually she knows where the 'turn around' is and, as soon as I cue her with my leg, she's all prepared to turn - like a Border Collie waiting for the cue to begin herding. But not today! Today I actually had to use my leg AND cue her with the reins before she caught on.
And she was perfectly happy to mosey home. I don't think we've EVER walked that slowly going home! She was happy to canter in our "cantering spot" but she settled right down when I asked her to walk again.
Other great thing:
When we got back, I hosed her off as per our usual. I decided to try hosing her face [with the hose's nozzle thing set to a hard mist], and, though she initially panicked, within a minute or two she had her head level and was scrunching her eyes shut - letting me spray wherever I wanted on her face without protest. GO PONY!!
I figure it probably feels good on her eyes, since they are super itchy from her ERU [itching=low-level pain], and, in true Lacey fashion, she must protest like she's dying...then decide she loves it. Silly girl!!
Picture from our ride:
And just for funnsies, since I know some artistic types/people who would 'get it' read this, I found a hilarious [ok, corny as all get out] joke today.
I'm always cruising for corny jokes because Gentleman Friend loves them...and who am I kidding? I love them too.
Here it goes:
What did the artist say to the dentist?
My favorite. Hahahaha
I hope you all are doing super well!!