Friday 28 September 2018

Growing Up?

Being away last weekend meant Sophie hadn't been out for a couple of weeks. I was expecting a bit of a monster to take out on our walk today, and I was fine with that.

This brain install is a little buggy.

So, I was surprised when she walked politely and perfectly beside me all the way down to the exhibition grounds. Normally she's good for at least one big spook/scoot and some reminding of personal space and not dragging her handler.

Living in her own condo, like a grownup.

She's been separated from Bridget for about a week now, and part of me wonders if she's feeling a little less secure in herself and a little more interested in being besties with whoever will pay attention to her, horse or human :).

I stuck her in the round pen at the main arena and she surprised me by somehow becoming a pony genius since last time and knowing my verbal cues for walk/trot/canter/change direction. I've maybe stuck her in there 3 or 4 times total, and being conscious of baby pony legs, I never "work" her or demand much so it's a bit of a pleasant surprise she's picked it up so easily. 

Trotting around like a grownup.
Still downhill like a baby, tho
I bumped into some friends before we left. I hadn't seen them for a while, so the next thing you know an hour had flown by while we chatted. Pony stood and waited, and then quietly grazed on the end of her lead, just like a patient, well behaved pony, receiving many compliments on her manners. Who is this pony?!

"I am a very good girl, yes?"

Our hour long chat resulted in a grand scheme to set up the ultimate trail course. We put together a bunch of fun and spooky obstacles right there, and using the power of social media, we're now hosting an impromptu extreme trail challenge tomorrow at noon!
Sneak preview of part of it. We're adding inflatable creatures, a water sprinkler, and lots of balloons tomorrow :)

I'll take Sophie down and lead her through, and if time permits I'll bring Bridget later. I think it's going to be a super valuable experience for Sophie. Bridget will probably be bored, lol.



  1. It’s nice when they surprise us like that. She will likely have more shenanigans later but now you know she can be a well mannered pony.

    1. Yes, it's very nice to know there is a level headed pony hiding in there :)

  2. Lol the timewarp of ponyland! Obstaclepalooza sounds and looks fun! Many pictures needed

    1. I failed at was very busy, which is good, but I don't like posting pictures with other people in the background that might not want to be on the internet :(

  3. Awww, what a good girl!! And that obstacle course looks super neat.

  4. I'm with Teresa - it's the best feeling when they're so good and surprise us! It always seems to set the ground for a lot of new break-throughs.

    1. I feel like my expectations of her have moved up a level, which is likely a good thing since she's very interested in making her people happy.