1) When there are no withers to keep your ass in the center, riding bareback requires actual skills and muscles
|not pictured: skill or muscles. Plus Zoe and Lewis the Corgi.|
|pictured: both skill and muscles|
2) It's almost impossible to keep her from putting her smooshy nose on everything--it's a part of her favorite game called "PUTS IT ONNA GROUND".
|doorknob ONNA GROUND|
3) It's nearly as impossible to pry visitors off said smooshy nose.
I mean really.
4) She's a bit like keeping a buffalo in the barn--wooly coat, tape fences optional, and corner feeders are made to be removed when dinner isn't fast enough.
|Courtesy of Courage Has Opinions|
I'd say she's not my BO's favorite, but Courage definitely had his own set of challenging quirks that made him not-barn-favorite either. Let's just say she has be managed more like a force of nature than a horse.
5) Zero-shits-given is Zoe's approach to life, which is fantastic and exactly what I need. It does require some mindset adjustments on my part though.
|hacking through the scary corner like NBD|
I have a set of coping mechanisms I developed to deal with Courage's various antics. While they were useful at the time, they keep getting in the way of me riding Zoe effectively. Next up: putting weight in the right stirrup and breathing on windy days.
Zoe is such a fun horse to work with. I look forward to continuing to learn about her.