Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Yesterday’s smoke from the nearby Green Ridge Fire made it seem rain was on the way. This morning, my weather app says there’s light rain nearby and coming this way. Soon, I’ll leave for work, hoping any moisture is too light to worry my Border Collie, Miles. He panics during thunderstorms, attempts to enter the house by ripping apart window screens. Ah, some joys of living with pets!

Speaking of having pets, yesterday the horses and I went into the forest to work on developing a horse-trail loop. I rode Rosie who wore a bit-less bridle, and we ponied Sunni. That’s my first time ponying off Rosie, she in a minimal-control device, and there was a price. Rosie jigged and jogged, rarely settling into her lovely long-striding walk. Okay, I did expect this unpleasant behavior.

Rosie recently was introduced to a bit-less bridle. She’s been wonderfully cooperative, needing little guidance, moving casually, staying relaxed. A horse in a bit-less bridle could have “the say” in a serious disagreement with its rider. Maybe one could steady a horse about to take-off by having it turn and circle. Anyway, my well-seasoned horses aren’t worrisome, but Rosie does jig and jog when she’s unhappy.

I chose to use an easy bridle and would suffer Rosie’s unhappiness, because our trio must learn to accommodate a “new normal”. These days in riding alone, I’m usually on one horse and ponying another. Sunni who’s nearly unflappable easily will lead Rosie. But Rosie’s another story, doesn’t appreciate having Sunni closely behind–or Oh Dear!–right beside us.

Yesterday, we tracked over forest trails. Rosie jigged, jogged, sometimes walked. Okay, we’re in a learning mode. I practiced sitting relaxed in the saddle, allowing freedom for her head and neck. In the end, I had to admit that, reasonably, Rosie had cooperated.

Our teamwork is in a new-beginning. It’s true, adjustments aren’t quick processes and practice makes perfect. And there’s Rosie, herself. She’s mature, has been around the block, is very-trained, sensitive, and smart. As will any horse given time, opportunity, and patience, she’ll settle into our new routine.

Dear Friends: This trio for learning–time, opportunity, and patience–benefits us all. Diana

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