Thanks Cacowgirl! I love sharing the outdoors with my mare, we sometimes have to have discussion on whether what I want to do is a good idea, but I do value her judgement and input! A couple weeks ago I was riding along toward home at a brisk walk and she stopped in the middle of the road for what looked like no reason and appeared to be waiting for something. I don't urge her on, but I looked around, didn't see anything, and just waited. A few seconds later she started walking again and a tree branch that was about 80 feet above us came crashing down into the road in front of us right where we would have been if she hadn't stopped. She didn't even flinch, and calmly stepped over it. She knew it was going to happen.
I see you are in Arizona? My Welsh Cob Stallion "retired" to Hereford, Arizona, in the winter I often wish I had gone with him! He has a couple nice Welsh Cob mares and loves his new life.