Such a busy time of year. I hate the shorter days. Depresses me to leave to go to work when it is dark and drive home from work in the dark!
Isabella and I hit a milestone is our partnership on Sunday. Hubby didn't feel well so I went to the farm by myself. A trainer was there giving lessons so I just rode around in the arena, staying out of their way. Isabella was very cooperative and I felt like attempting something she has always refused.....going on the trail alone!
Isabella will go anywhere I ask her to go, as long as there is another horse with us. I understand that it is because she didn't trust me enough as her leader. I decided to see if that had changed.
I told the trainer what I was going to do in case I didn't come back! LOL
When I got to the entrance of the woods, Isabella hesitated and I urged her to walk on....and she did!!!!
It was just a short trail but we did it. I stopped her halfway and made her bend for some treats. I could tell she was a little nervous still so I wanted to make it a nice experience for her. We stood there for a while while she ate a couple of treats.
When we reached the end of the short trail, we can turn left and go over a bridge to more trails, or take a right and head back to the barn. I wasn't going to push my luck and planned on ending our day on a good note but Lady Isabella made the choice for me. She made a quick turn to the right and attempted to bolt back to the barn. She had a full on gallop for about 6 strides, but I got her back under control and we walked nicely back to the barn where I made her work some more before the ride ended.
So, even though she tried to bolt back home when we were finished, I still view it as a major victory! We went on a trail by ourselves!!! We have come a long way.
CW, glad to see you back on here!!
Stan, so sorry you had to walk your new horse around on the trek but I am happy that Stella is loading for you now. I think you should keep both of them for a while.