When I want to change something about myself or figure out a new solution for a situation, there are two things that help me process the issue; talking about it and writing about it. Yesterday I wrote about my anxiety concerning handwalking Little Love outside and the effects of the written word could be seen today; right from the beginning I was much more relaxed on our walk. In fact, I don't think I have ever been this relaxed walking with her. Naturally this had the same effect on her; she remained alert, yet significantly calmer than yesterday. She was still snorting and breathing heavy every time we passed a house, but she kept her cool and was more curious than anything else.
Twice we got into a pickle, once crossing a small field and the other passing a huge garbage can. Little Love tensed up, lifted her head high and sort of scooted forward, the whites of her eyes flashing. I immediately started jogging forward, not in a panicky sort of way, but rather like I was just out for a relaxing run (I run about 4 mornings a week so running is natural for me). This could have made Little Love want to bolt off, but instead she matched my pace - which was quite slow for her huge stride - and jogged next to me. Both times we jogged maybe 30 yards and that was it, back to walk, calm and collected.
I was quite proud of both of us by the time we got home. I might be a bit slow to evolve at times, but I think there is hope for me to learn how to stay in the moment :-) With a teacher like Little Love, how could I fail! I'm going to hold this feeling in my heart for the next five days when I am away on a short trip. I won't be seeing Little Love until next Tuesday, which at the moment seems like weeks away. Luckily Becky is home and will be taking care of her. She will get to hang out with Col in the pasture every day and be as muddy as she wants, something I'm sure of which she will take advantage!