OMG Moonshine was AMAZING today! First though, let me talk about yesterday.
I could tell right away that Moonshine was not in a work mood (I mean even less than usual- and I didn't even ride her). Most of the time when I open the gate she just stands there or wanders around, but this time she made a beeline for the open gate on the other side of the arena. I probably should have done a really short lesson right there and called it done, but I didn't, and Moonshine got pretty grumpy about it. We were just having a lot of problems, but the biggest one was with her turns. I taught her to turn her hindquarters when I tap them with the whip, and she does it - a little too well. I'm trying to make her back around obstacles, and having resigned myself to the fact that she won't back and turn at the same time, have been trying to do one after the other. Well when I've been doing that, I didn't really pay attention to how MUCH she was turning, and when she moves it's at least 90 degrees or more. Well I tried to fix that (without much success) and she got frustrated. She even started pawing, which she's NEVER done in a trick training lesson before, we practiced halting a little, and then called it a day. The bright side, was that Moonshine was itchy after our lesson, and my mom got a few good pictures of that (I'll try to send them tomorrow).
So after that day I wasn't really expecting anything great today, but Moonshine surpassed my wildest expectations. I had a riding lesson, but I didn't ride her (that may have been what put her in a good mood). Afterwards I got my bag and went to see if she wanted to do some trick training. She looked up at me when I approached and seemed to be interested, so I decided to try and see if she was willing to do it right there. OMG SHE WAS. I cannot express how shocking that was. Moonshine worships grass over almost everything else. Of course I gave her MANY more alfalfa pellets than I normally do, and I'm sure that helped some as well. She's getting much better at the "Hoe", and I even managed to get her to back around a tree stump. Then I lead her somewhere else that actually had good grass, and she grazed for a while - but then she still performed when asked! She even backed up in a striaghtish line along a hose. I'm really glad I ended this on a good note, because we're leaving for Seattle really early tomorrow, and I won't see her again for a whole two weeks. Awesome day today!