As I doctored Carmen this morning I realized how far she's come in her trust in me (and her ground manners). She let me frig with her foot and accepted the poultice boot. She was curious but not freaking out. Old Carmen would have been very tense about the whole thing and probably would have flung the boot across the barn.
Carmen: umm, what is this thing on my foot?
Me: it's a poultice boot and an epsom poultice
Carmen: *waves foot vaguely in air* it feels weird
Me: it should help with your sore foot.
Carmen: *sniffs it* okay, if you say so.
Since watching a Warwick Schiller video on being 'present'. I've been trying to to that. In the morning as I pick out her stall, rather then plan my day I chat with her about the weather and my plans. I know she doesn't understand me but it seems that she gets that I'm talking with her and not just ignoring her. I can't explain it but she seems to respond.
It's also the time of year of Facebook flashbacks. One popped up of us from a few years ago and I see how far we've both come in our training.
And then to this year. Things are feeling much better. Not that there's not tension or shenanigans.