Of Mice and Midas

 

Little Mouse is 4 years old. She cracks me up sometimes. I try to make sure I compliment her on what she does well, especially since she is small and Midas is big so there are a lot of limits on what they can do safely. Frequently, Midas will follow me around the ring while I put things away, Little Mouse along for the ride for every halt and unexpected direction change.

Me: I love the way you sit on a horse. It doesn’t seem like much but being able to sit on a horse is–the best.

Little Mouse: But milkshakes are great, too.

 


 

Leading Midas around under some pine trees for the sake of shade.

Me: You might need to duck.

Little Mouse: Isn’t that a bird?

Me:….Yes….yes it is.

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Liberty

Reference to finished work of my new favorite Midas portrait. I snapped this picture while riding around bareback and bridleless. This horse is so much fun.

Adorable

She’s 4 years old, but has discovered that Midas leads impeccably. This brings her great delight. It brings me great delight, also.

It will probably be a while before I feel I’ve properly captured the scene in paint.

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Mouse and Midas

Neck rein

Capture

It’s been pretty mild here–in between days of genuinely bitter cold–but the footing has stayed pretty good. We’re still working on understanding life with a bitless bridle–and I’ve started using the neck rein–holding both the neck rein and the reins as if using a double bridle or something.

Midas loves it.

I mean….we’re not going around looking like a dressage pony, but he steers shockingly well, and stops pretty wel also.

It’s also meant that when I ditch the bridle entirely and just use the neck rein, he handles really well.

On our way to liberty riding! But, I need to spend some time brushing up on my sitting trot, first. Because Midas says he doesn’t believe I can really steer when we’re trotting bareback.

Independent seat, here I come. Right?