This is one of those days I so wish I had pictures -- Gossip had a bit of a milesone.
I got out to the farm late because I had a ton of running around to do. Happily we're getting closer to spring, so there was still plenty of daylight to work with. I caught Gossip's buddy, and there was a bit of a scene at the gate as I was taking him out. Next thing I knew, I had a loose Gossip sauntering past me, seeming completely unconcerned. I quickly tied Gossip's buddy and grabbed her new halter that I'd brought out for her to wear for the first time, aanndd... it was to small. I couldn't get it done up on the loosest hole.
Time for a new plan! I buckled the halter around her neck like a collar, and led her over to the tack shed to grab her other one. I got the other halter on her and got her tied, and set to work with the shedding blade to make her a bit more presentable. While I was grooming her, her breeder came out and joined us. We started chatting about where I want to go next with her training, and her breeder led me over to the tack shed to show me something she said I was free to use whenever I liked. We looked back over, and Gossip had untied herself (this is a recently learned trick) and was getting ready to leave again. We quickly headed back over to grab her, taking the item her breeder had been showing me with us.
Well, the next thing Gossip knew she had a bridle on and a bit in her mouth. It was a D ring with copper rollers, so very gentle with something for her to play with, and we'd taken off the reins and left her halter on underneath so as not to confuse her with new signals on top of the new sensation of having something in her mouth. She fiddled and played and tried to spit it out, but no such luck. We untied her, and I led her in a few circles. She was initially a little excited, but very good.
After I took the bridle off her, I let her go. She's a smart cookie, so I know she'll think on her new experience. I can't wait to take this further, but in baby steps.