Stella ready for the trek on Saturday 25th.
She has not been ridden out for any length of time for the past 6 months due to her having a skin problem for the latter part of last year and me, well, I had a heart attack at xmas so riding was not allowed.
Yesterday was the test for myself and the horse, a trek to raise money for one of the local schools.
First thing get them into the float, loaded kate then Stella. Well tried to load Stella she would get half way on and back out, so after several tries and running out of time I got her half way on then pushed her out deciding to end the session on my decission not hers. Wife drives away with Kate and Stella is back into the Jenny Craig paddock.
All is not lost, I had formulated a plan to win this battle and expected some issues given the amount of time passing without being ridden. (Stella I mean) The middway point of the trek was behind our place so it was all on again.
I saddled Stella and walked her to the area where the trekers would stop for lunch, then lead her in the direction they would arrive and rode her back to the start point, rode her out for a half a mile and back again. All was good she did what I asked and did not miss behave. Now that left me feeling very confident I was going to have a good first ride in months.
We waited for the others to arrive 50 horses, They had lunch and Stella calmed down as it had been some time since she had been in the company of so many horses. Lunch finished climbed on and away we all went. My wife on Kate was the lead out horse which suited me as I could tuck Stella in behind, but that did not work. As some of the other horses passed she began to play up and steadly worsened. After a mile or so Stella had stopped listening to me She was shaking her head, prancing, ears laid back and generally behaving in a threatening way.
I got off, managed to maintain some control, and walked her back home, a mile and mostly up hill.
Well the doctor did say I needed more exercise.
However if I wanted an animal to take for a walk I would have brought a dog. But I am a little different and will continue to Walk and Ride until she gets back to where she was several months ago. I know some of the others on the trek had the opinion I should have continued but I had to consider the stress factors. Not only for Stella, but myself.
Insault to injury, my wife is riding adain today and I am back to training Stella. Over 40 and then some.