Low key day yesterday, as we continued with baby steps on the road to being a big horse. First I had to bring Gossip up of course, so I brought her buddy out the top gate and tied him, and then decided to try an experiment. The middle of the sacrifice area (where they are during this freeze-thaw nightmare) is a bit of a lake. Gossip generally comes when I call her, so I went in the bottom gate (closer to the hitching post but on the opposite side of the water from where she was) and called. She hesitated for a minute, and then carefully picked her way across the lake to where I was. This got her praise and scratches, of course. I haltered her and led her to the gate, where there was another respectable puddle. I walked out the gate and gave a gentle tug on the rope, and again she hesitated for just a minute and then followed me through the water with careful steps. What a good baby!
Gossip's shedding like crazy, and she has always loved being groomed in general and being gone over with the shedding blade in particular, so I decided to use that to my advantage. I slipped the bridle we'd used last time onto her head over her halter, and set to work with the blade. She fussed and mouthed at the bit some, but as long as I was working away she was mostly quiet. She wore it for almost 45 minutes as I worked on helping her get rid of her winter fuzzies. Of course when I stepped away to get a picture for proof she started up mouthing again, but no worries she's getting used to it.
This, for the record, is the new halter that I'd bought that turned out to be too small. The store let me exchange it for the correct size 😃. After I finished grooming her I took off the bridle and turned her back out. So much hair on the ground, and even more on me... the birds will definitely have plenty of nesting material this spring at this rate!
I can't wait for the sleek summer coat and the hot summer weather, so we can really get to work!