I went and saw my Lacey girl today and I dunno what had gotten into her but boy was she full of it! If she had been a car she would have been continuously making "vroom-vroom" noises.
I think it was mostly due to the fact that she had gotten moved to a "new" pasture to graze on the short baby grass and that it was super sunny and beautiful today.
But anyway, she was super enthusiastic about working. So we practiced doing smooth direction changes on the lunge line and then I lunged her in side-reins a little, just for kicks.
Then, my crazy side grabbed a hold of me and I hopped up on my poneh with just her halter and the lunge line folded in my hand for direction. And guess what? We cantered in the halter! AND SHE NECK REINED AT THE CANTER!!!! I didn't particularly ask her to canter, she was just being kinda a jerk (turning her head towards it while keeping her body straight) about going past the gate so I said to her "ok, jerk. If you want to be over here, fine, you're just going to work twice as hard!" so I kicked her, hard, with both legs (which is a total up-ing of the kinda pressure I usually use but I figured this situation warranted it since she was being a jerk) and up she went into a really nice canter so I just let her stay there and work three times as hard! Heeheehee
She was ready to try neck reining at the canter since she neck reins solidly at the walk and trot nowadays (I preliminarily taught her to neck rein last summer) but I just hadn't worked up my courage to try it. And we've only done a little trotting in the halter, mostly just walking around, so cantering was kinda unprecedented. And I can say, for sure, that before I got her she was never ever ridden in a halter and that halter riding has only been introduced in the last 6 months or so.
I'd also like to add a disclaimer (just so that nobody just goes and hops on their horse trying that and then gets hurt or something) that I pretty much know how Lacey might react to anything and I also know that for her, cantering is one of the best things in the world; therefore, it is highly, highly unlikely, .05% chance likelihood, that she would ever run away with me/buck/get out of control in a way that I could be in danger by riding her in a halter. I've seen her higher than a kite, I've seen her terrified, I've seen her terrifyingly fresh, and I could tell you exactly how she;d respond to anything in any of those situations. Also, I would never attempt to ride her in a halter if she was behaving in any way less than perfectly responsive.
Yeah, I'm very proud of her. I'm such a lucky girl. I mean, I have a horse that loves me fully and sickeningly completely, one that has just enough issues to keep things interesting while also being as safe (or safer than, for me at least,) as my BO's 36 year old gelding. She makes me feel so unworthy, yknow? Like what the heck did I EVER do to deserve something as perfect as Lacey?
And then, I finally got my camp application filled out to be the Head Wrangler at my camp this summer and take Miss Princess Pants with me too! I'm verrrrry excited about camp. It's going to be a TON of responsibility for me, taking care of 12, 13 including Lacey, horses, but it'll also be a ton of fun. Seeing my girl everyday, seeing her when I wake up and when I go to bed, getting to ride whenever I want... It'll be lovely. I think Lacey will love it too because real, legit, trails are her forte. She adores them. And we'll be riding on them everyday! Dang, I'm excited.
Thanks for reading my weird, stream of consciousness thingamajig.... Cookies for people who read it all!
Did anybody else have an awesome day?