Haven't done much with Ana this week as I haven't been feeling well. I don't like to work her unless I'm firing on all cylinders because she will take advantage of me when I'm not careful. She's just so darn smart.
I only did ground work with her Sunday and she was rude and pushy and I just wasn't quick enough with my corrections. The worst part is leading her back to her paddock; she tries to drag me back there as fast as possible and if I don't watch her she will stop to graze.
So now we are working on walking back politely; I make her stop when she gets too pushy and back up a few steps. It's really bad right in front of the gate because the grass is so lush and green; it's like crack for horses. So if she's really, really good, she gets to graze for a few minutes.
I didn't work her at all Monday; Tuesday I didn't even go to work and hadn't planned on going to the barn either, but felt so guilty that I went just to check on her. I ended up giving her a good brushing, a coat of fly spray and made her walk back politely.
Today, we actually rode for the first time since Saturday. It was great! We climbed up the hill at the end of the property, trotted in between the arenas, and took the long loop back by the wooded area.
I walked her back to her paddock right as the guys were dispensing breakfast which adds an extra layer of complexity, because all the horses go a little nuts and try to bite at her as we make our way back to her paddock. She was reasonably polite, and didn't try to bite back but did pin her ears at them in disagreement.
Horses crack me up; one minute they are best friends, the next it's World War 3 and then they go back to being best friends again.