I know I've said this a million times, but Zoë is unlike any horse I've ever had before. That's a good thing. I was definitely ready for the new challenges, but they are still challenges.
|um never had a horse let me do this before <3|
I started a new job last week, which is fantastic. However. It's mentally a lot of work to learn a whole different way of doing things.
Plus daylight savings time.
Plus fall/winter weather arriving.
All of which equaled not necessarily wanting to saddle up and go for it after work in the dark on a baby.
Especially on a baby who is a little bit coming into her own and enjoying the fall weather. Nothing she's doing is bad or unmanageable, but it means I need to get on and ride or like, not.
|smooshes gotta smoosh|
|such a fancy lady!|
We hadn't actually used said implement since Zoë graduated to the big arena for canter practice. It's out of the way and I hadn't really thought about it and I'm not really a "round pen" person in terms of wanting a horse to pointlessly run circles.
But when it's late and I'm tired and forgot my lunge line in the tack room? Oh hell yeah I'm learning to be a round pen person.
Another challenge I've been dealing with is that Zoë's bugaboo is loose horses running around--if the pasture horses take off when I'm working her, she gets very distracted. She hasn't been naughty about it under saddle yet, but it's definitely a topic we come back to.
|unrelated but how cute is she?|
But you know how to eliminate those variables?
Oh yeah round pen. NIFTY.
So yup. Put her in the round pen. Horse outside went a little nutso. Zoë was like WUT R THAT MUST CHECK OUT and I was immediately able to send her forward and put her to work and get her attention back on me and work through it in a couple minutes without ever pulling on her face or worrying about losing control.
|you're getting weekend pics because 1) we are adorbs and 2) the lighting is hella better|
|this angle hides how dirty her tail is|