I haven’t had a ton of Mystic-related posts in the last few months. Things have turned around in a big way since our scary trail ride. I almost felt afraid to write about how great she’s been going - because I would jinx it.
But we are in such a happy place right now that I just can’t shut up about it (sorry co-workers who don’t even like horses).
Even though I realized shortly after the trail ride from hell that her behavior was most likely pain-related (and regular chiro has resolved this), I decided to also spend more time on the ground with her. I spend more brushing her than I used to and I’ve been doing a bit of ground work.
Trying to get a nice photo together but the dead grass is too appealing
I had taken for granted for a long time that I could just hop on her and go down the road. And I still can - but it’s wise to do a few pre-flight checks, especially with a 4 year old.
I spent almost every day with her when she was at the training barn, and now I’m lucky to get two or three days a week. I’ve been making an effort to visit her at least one extra day a week, where I don’t plan to ride. I just give her a quick brush and a carrot. In the summer we will be doing a lot more visiting and riding (when it’s not -20) but for now I think she appreciates the extra visit.
We have been having an absolute blast riding with C! C has a newly broke horse, named Dolly, that she is riding and Mystic has been such a perfect trail buddy. I think Mystic’s calmness and confidence really helps Dolly relax. I can’t wait until the weather warms up so we can go on longer adventures!
Dolly is a cute Welsh pony <3
Also, Mystic and I recently had a big milestone. As of January 28 I have been her person for 4 years.
I have never connected with a horse so strongly like that right off the bat. She seemed to trust me instantly. She was a sassy little peanut sometimes but she almost always tried her best to do the right thing.
I feel incredibly safe when I ride her (especially after we’ve built our trust bank back up recently). I haven’t owned a lot of horses that I wanted to canter in open spaces, but it doesn’t faze me at all on her. She carried me so carefully when I went through a bit of a rough patch last spring. I will be forever grateful for those long rides with just her and my dog.
Here's to many more happy trails this spring and summer!