This morning we went the opposite direction down the longer end of our road and back. As we left she was wide eyed with wonder. Not fear or apprehension, just excitement. Not even excitement, just happy to be going some place. That is the thing with Sassy, she is the opposite of barn sour, and the only horse I have ever known who was.
As we walked down the road she was right beside me, even a little a head of me. Not chargey, or pulling on the lead, but more like a little kid,
"Mom, come on!!! Can't you walk any faster! There is so much to see!"
Am I the only one who has seen their horses smile? Killian does it a lot but today Sassy was literally grinning from ear to ear. Okay well maybe not that much, but still she had a very happy look on her face. You could see it in her eyes, and the set of her mouth. I swear the corners were turned up just a little.
I love seeing her like this.
It is that curiosity and confidence that she has all the time which has driven me to keep trying to fix her. She is going to be one of those awesome horses that is so much fun to ride. Of course with her handicap I know that she will never be anything more than a trail horse now, but damn, how could you not love a trail horse that actually looks forward to going out?
As we reached the end of the road and turned around, she realized we were headed home. Her pace slowed down and she got that little kid pouty look.
"Aw Mom, do we have to go home already?"
By time we got to the drive she started getting stuck.
"No I won't go and you can't make me"
But I did make her and now she is in her pen tackling the hay net.
I did have time to watch her move this time...I honestly and truthfully believe that she is walking better!
AND...she hasn't had any Bute in 4 days.