Part of trying to rebuild all the stamina that covid sapped from me includes tacking up and getting on these hooligans every day I can muster the energy, even if we don't "work". Yesterday was Cinna's turn (well, technically the day before SHOULD have been her turn, but I picked Ruby because I like living lol). That actually worked out perfectly, because yesterday morning I read Megan's really informative post on her Mounted Police clinic and I was able to internalize the information about how horses see in a whole new way -- specifically, her first bullet point:
"Horses eyes not only see two completely different pictures on each side of their head, but that image is processed by the respective half of the brain. A horse's corpus callosum is not as developed as a human's, so the two halves of the brain don't talk to each other very much. That's why you can pass a bucket 8 times to the right but the first time you pass it to the left he's never seen it before and going to die. Because the left eye (and the left side of his brain) hasn't seen it before!"
|"I wasn't lying when I told you I'd NEVER seen those goats before!" -- Cinna, probably
The ongoing joke with Cinna (usually made to some poor cyclist trying to pass us on a trail) is that she is only scared of two things: things that move, and things that don't move. While as a general rule I'm able to maintain my patience with her as she spooks EVERY RIDE at the same things, usually by the time I change direction I'm ready to be done with her acting like she's never seen the plastic chairs in the corner of the arena (you know the ones that have been there for FOUR FREAKING YEARS). But last night on my ride, I was ready for it, because I knew she HADN'T seen all the things from that eye with that side of her brain yet -- and we were able to move past it much quicker than usual. Definitely some food for thought on how I react to her spooking.
|Passed this section just fine on the left rein, but had a PERISCOPE UP moment when we switched to the right.
|She is so perpetually unamused by my photographing her.
|Love how the new rose gold bridle looks on her though!
|It also helps that she's pretty.
|And that she's been super snuggly lately.
This obviously isn't Cinna-related but my friends bought me a trophy for being the first one to catch covid and I am CRYING LAUGHING at this little fucktopus. I love him. He will sit on my desk where I can look at him every day forever hahahaha.