SB-after-Courage says "eh, we'll get there. I'm in no hurry."
Because as much as Zoëbird is a 180 from Courage in every possible way, she's also a living being. She's not a machine that mindlessly conforms.
|plus she's wicked cute
So yeah, I could pick a fight with her about how the wash rack is NOT SCARY and SHE WILL MIND and DAMMIT YOU WILL GET THE HOSE AGAIN.
But I don't.
Because Zoë is a kind, sweet, smart creature and if I just take my time and show her that the hose is fun and the wash rack is safe, and hey! We eat cookies when we stand here! Pretty soon, the wash rack is going to be a non-issue and I will have built her trust in me instead of tearing it down.
And conversely, she's been pretty patient with me. We had our first session with my trainer yesterday. My trainer ground drove her (hint: they did great) and then she had me do it. Zoë is actually trained to drive and has pulled a cart even. SB, on the other hand, has never driven anything without wheels (hint: skill really doesn't cross apply).
We went slow and I made a lot of mistakes, but Zoë was Zoë and it was a positive experience for everyone.
I'm having so much fun with Ms. Zoëbird. She is absolutely the kind of horse I need right now.
And because of Courage, I can be the kind of person she needs too.
PS: last night, we stood in the wash rack eating cookies and I sprayed off her front legs with the lead line completely slack.