Hey everyone. Thought I would share a funny trail ride story.
Hubby and I took our horses on a ride on the trails around the boarding facility on Sunday. My 23 year old retired "bombproof" polo pony is in love with my hubby's leased TWH named Scuffy.
We started out at the back of the farm. There is an option of crossing a creek or using a bridge. Izzy has crossed that bridge countless number of times...without even a moment of hesitation.
Scuffy and hubby decided to cross the creek while I opted for the bridge. Izzy put one foot on the bridge and freaked out! She turned and tried to bolt for the barn. I made her turn back and once again, one foot on the bridge and she freaked out again!
Scuffy came back and crossed the bridge and Izzy followed without even thinking about it. Guess she thought something was wrong with the bridge since Scuffy didn't cross it!
She settled right down and we had a great ride...even went across the road for the first time and rode in some freshly mowed fields. It was so much fun.
Until Scuffy pooped. Izzy heard it hit the dry mowed grass...we were behind Scuffy...and she spooked. Yes, my "been there done that" horse spooked at poop!!
Luckily, her worst spook just consists of all four feet hitting the ground at once and then bolting forward one or two steps...that is it. But all of a sudden we were beside Scuffy and hubby asked " what in the world?". And I laughed and said..."yep...she spooked at poop". We couldn't stop laughing.
I like to think she is smart enough to play dumb around Scuffy to make him feel like the herd leader, since she is smitten with him!
The rest of the ride went fine and it was one of my most enjoyable rides, even with the two little incidents!