we had another bbq at the paddock today with this nice lady we have made good friends with out there. after an over cooked meal we decided to saddle up and go for a ride. its the first time me, my husband and roseanne have gone out on a ride together. i rode jarred, richard rode cougar and roseanne on her horse.
because of the flu we havent done much riding but there is an area that backs on to our paddock that i previously thought wasnt on our property but it turns out it is :) thank goodness for roseanne telling us it was because finally we got a trail ride in. i have no idea why i just assumed it wasnt on our property. there is a barbed wire fence seperating the two areas so thats probably why.
anyway, we headed off quite happily and possum started repeatedly neighing and running along the fence line. we kept riding sure that there was no way she could get through the fence. WRONG!!! lol we got a few hundred metres away and next thing possum comes thundering up behind us. oh dear! lol (the only way she could have possibly gotten through is by jumping a 90cm fence which surprised me as she just like jumping 20cm very much) anyway, i knew she would probably just follow along behind me but i figured a loose horse is not a good idea when you arent too sure of how good the fencing is. so after we took her back and put her in her yard, we headed off again.
this is where things got kinda eventful. i asked jarred to canter...he bucked...i asked him to whoa, he bucked...and so on lol they werent big or nasty bucks but something was up his nose thats for sure. we entered a bush area and ran over a few fallen tree jumps and he was good. there is this big hill there so we decided to go for a canter up the hill. he flat chat trotted half way up and finally started cantering which finally, was nice :) then on the way back down the hill he did the stupidest thing and put his head down. it was one of those rather steep hill so once he put his head down he lost balance and slid for a bit which made go all stupid and bolt the rest of the way down the hill. this was looking like a wonderful day of riding lol
anyway, we made our way through the rest of the trail and he was reasonably good as long as i didnt ask him to go to fast lol
at the end, we decided to go up the hill again but jarred had other ideas lol i finally got him trotting towards the hill and he stopped. and kept asking him to move gently but he lifted his head and in the 3 seconds i had i thought 'he is going to rear on me'. and he did lol lucky i was ready for it and took it in my stride but by this point i was too tired from riding him to bother trying to get him up the hill.
the stupid part of all this was that once we got back to our paddock, he cantered beautifully and did everything i asked him. until...we saw possum. out of her yard...again!!! this time she had to jump to get out again and the jump she would have had to make was about a metre high
i think shes a grand prix jumper in disguise and i also think her ongoing lameness might be a bit of a show since no one can find a prob with her that would explain the lameness lol anyways, her and jarred started neighing for each other *how cute* and once again, jarred wanted nothing to do with listening to me.
i was absolutely exhausted lol bucking, rearing, bolting down hills and stubborness made it a hard ride for me. hubby had a great ride though grrr i always get stuck with the naughty ones lol