When I went to catch Bliss the smart pony utilized the new body of water to her advantage, calmly walking directly into the center of it and pretending to get a drink from the puddle. All the while knowing that I wasn't going to slosh around in the mud after her. The little turkey.
I did eventually catch her at the back of the pen. For fun I walked her to a low spot and hopped on bareback (there are benefits to having short cowponies). She was a little flummoxed at first, seeing as how this was our maiden voyage bareback. She flicked her ears and trotted some, I flipped the lead rope from one side to the other to pretend that I had some sort of control. When she neared the pond I had visions of her dumping me in the mud. Smart pony that she is, I would not put it past her.
I saddled her and let her soak (aka left her standing tied) while I ran to town to take care of some errands. I rode her out today down the turn-rows by herself. This being the third time, I think, for us to ride out alone. Bliss is a fantastically sensible and brave filly. She proves time after time just how great her mind really is and she did so again today. My plan was to be a passenger today. Guide her as necessary but to stay out of her way for the most part and let her pick the speed.
She did quite a bit of long trotting (which is perfect and what I would have chosen myself, had I been making the speed decisions). Her ears were up and her body relaxed. She loped at times and when I needed to bring her down to a walk in order to cross a road she was right with me. I hummed (signal for slowing down) and she obliged.
One of the fields runs behind the Wal-Mart. The cotton stems left from harvest have snagged hundreds of stray plastic WM sacks resulting in a flapping Booger Graveyard. Not for Bliss though, she trotted right through the pony-eaters not changing speeds or direction, simply lowering her head for a closer look.
When we were 1/2 mile from home I asked her to slow to a walk for a cool down. She did so happily and did not break gait once. I am so very happy with my filly :).