We were exhausted after our early morning trip but I managed to nap while Kaylee watched some tv, then she managed to fall asleep in the car after I gave away our fish tank. We headed straight from there to the barn.
Being with Gwyn always puts me in my happy place and I think I'm going to need that a lot in the next two weeks. Today really helped and I had a great time. The sun was shining, it was mid 50s, a far cry from the frigid temperatures my husband is facing in Michigan.
Since Kaylee was asleep, I cracked the windows and left her there, checking periodically to see if she'd wake up. The horses had been brought in early (it was 3pm) because it was sunday limited barn staff/volunteers. That saved me time since Gwyn was already in her stall. I groomed her, and promptly got coated in horse hair. It's shedding season. Yay.
A sure sign of Spring
My fuzzy beast
I lunged Gwyn (Kaylee still asleep) and she seemed to have a solid head on her shoulders today. She was listening to me immediately and really only had one goober moment that was entirely attributed to a spook and she calmed right down and refocused. I felt really good about my plan for the day based on her behavior. I really like using lunging as a gauge. It helps me assess what kind of ride I'm in for and I knew we were going to have a positive, minimal issue day.
Anyway, while walking her around the indoor arena, the other rider went outside and onto the perimeter trail. Kaylee immediately pointed in that direction and told me we were going on a trail ride. Gwyn had been SO good that I thought, "Well, why not?"
So off we went.
She had a minor spook when we passed by the chicken coop but Kaylee just thought it was hilarious. We walked out to the wind destroyed pasture shelter then turned around. We detoured through the trail obstacles where Kaylee wanted to get off and Gwyn wanted to graze.
"Are you SURE we're going out this way? There are scary things out here that I don't want Kaylee to see and get scared by."
Kaylee took herself over the trail obstacles, then grazed and declared that she was a horse.
You can really see how much Gwyn checks in with me in this video. Also, I caught Kaylee asking to go on the trail.
In which Kaylee eats grass because she is a horse.