After the melt-down yesterday evening, I had no idea what to expect at the barn tonight, but Tesla was on best behaviour - and I came away with a few thoughts:
1. No naked longing. Tesla always goes better with her tack on...I kinda think she doesn't know she can be naughty with it on, (fingers crossed she never figures it out :) and I can see the side reins help her stay more balanced, and she can transition more easily.
2. More cuddles when tacking up: I spent a little extra time grooming her fav spots (her forehead and ears especially as I chatted with a barn mate), and she was putty in my hand afterwards.
|I can't stand wet ears (even if I'm the one who chose to stand out in the rain....|
3. No wet ears: I need to bring a towel and dry them cause she was just irritated and distracted.
4. Horses have bad days too, Tess was trying to communicate, which ultimately is a good thing.
I dosed her feet pretty good and she seemed to be much more comfortable and was moving freely tonight (even cantering!)
Thanks to everyone for all the thrush advice - I'm definitely ordering a few more products to aid in clear out the little creepy crawlies.