A friend of mine came over just a little while and asked to go riding... We rode my mare Gypsie and my gelding Dakota. Actually, I rode Dakota and my friend rode Gypsie. Gypsie did perfectly the whole ride.
Actually, so did Dakota.
I thought I was going to have to walk him at night for about a week before attempting to ride him at night... but apparently not! We left at around 6 o’clock and just got back at 8:30... so yeah, the darkness did creep up on us. We walked, trotted, cantered, and hand-galloped... Dakota did perfectly, even when it was dark, and Gypsie was just an angel... albeit a hyper angel.
The horses had a lot of fun. Dakota acted as though riding at night was more invigorating than riding during the day... He was mindful, and not a handful by any means, but he was excited and eager, though he did just what I asked of him. He did spook once, but it was as we were passing a ditch with standing water in it... the water was reflecting the moonlight and as we passed I guess the reflections startled him... but he just jumped and skittered sideways and then was back to normal.
I’m just so proud of him!