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post #1 of 3 Old 07-29-2013, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Had a good at-liberty work session!

Here goes the story... Haha...

Genny has been very good, even though she's in heat, very happy with her newfound freedom of movement thanks to the joint suplmnts, and I haven't ridden the poor girl since last week because I've been sick...

Did NOT expect her to be an angel in pasture! I turned her out as per usual, picked up a whip stick (no popper on it, just the stick part) and decided to ask her to move around, expecting her to act nice for a stride or two and then make a run up and down the fence a few times. But, it was the kind of session I set aside a few hours for, wanting to really stay on her tail and make progress for at least one of us, even if I had to spend the most of it waiting and watching her to figure her out. She was nicely responsive to doing a serpentine, then decided to make her own turn, so smack goes the whip on the ground to make her move... she kicks up some dirt and goes off in her jolly blitz with a few farts and kicks. I was sure to keep positioned toward her and keep her going, sometimes having her turn or slide to a stop, and after a minute of the galloping she cooled and wanted to trot with little canter breaks when she reached a far-away distance.

The really neat thing was, after some changing leads and listening to my body language, she raised her tail up like a flag and looked like her whole body lifted upward; her head was giraffe-y but her back rose and she moved with noticeable suspension. VERY cool, she did it in both trot and canter for a number of laps with her eyes and ears on me. As alpha of the 'hood, she hoists up the ol' mare tail flag every now and then when charging out to talk smack to a new group of neighbor boarders, only for a second, and the suspension is fairly nonexistent as the extra booty bounce goes toward speed and turning quickly. The last time I saw her move around like today with a prance was two years ago, when she was having a huge estrus and a certain proud cut gelding was putting on a big show of dancing; he was able to goad her into the dance for about twelve strides, boy was it something. She's no gifted Dressage horse, but it's still amazing to see a horse move like that... specifically this queen bee ;)

I felt terrible having to leave. Usually, I invite her inside my space, praise her verbally, rub her nose and walk around her body giving her a Good Job pat, then crouch down and pull grass to give the impression that the Boss Human-horse is grazing, therefore she can as well... Instead of walking off after a few bites, she would keep close and bend around me. When I got up and crouched somewhere else, she came over and grazed there. Once I was on the other side of the fence, I looked back to see she'd followed me at a distance and was standing with a dear expression, looking right at me with her head up like she might call for me to come back. Awh... once upon a time, I had pneumonia, and after 4 days of hardly seeing her, I went out to pasture to get her and she ran up to me screaming as if she thought I had died. She almost inhaled my shirt giving me a thorough sniff

... Yeah, I went back out after that to do the human thing of hosing her sweat off and slipping her a carrot <3
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-29-2013, 10:28 PM
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That sounds like an enjoyable hour. too bad you didn't have it on video.
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post #3 of 3 Old 07-30-2013, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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At this point, I want to put a motion-activated camera out there x) Outdoor surveillance just to watch recordings of this mare. Who needs television?
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