Bugs butter would not melt in his mouth 001.jpg 005.jpg
A couple of shots of the numbers attending thay came in all manner of vehicles from motor homes towing floats to an open truck with a cattle crate and horse That was interesting to see the horse load and unload. 006.jpg
The back ground country is where the trek went forest and open hills 007.jpg
Away they go. I only took a shot of the leaders a quarter of the number then I had to Walk to the first staging point.
I made a mistake and decided to keep Bugs back at the rear and try and take it easy. That was the end of my ride. While waiting for the tail riders he started to play up and became almost uncontrolable. A total turn around from yesterday. And from the photo of him standing beside the float/trailer. What I did not know at the beginning was the trek had areas where it was single file, dangerious, and a long drop off if the horse lost its footing. Given that information at that time ment I had made the wrong choice of holding him to the back.
His behavour was, he wanted to be in the front but as he walks out fast I would have been the lead horse for the first 30 minutes and did not know the direction or country. I had to dismount and take him home as the riders in the rear were marshals and could not wait for me to calm him. While I was having issues the first casuality happened, one rider came off and ended up with a bump on the head and some blood, but that is horse riding and treking NZ style.
Lesson learnt: Bugs is not quite ready he needs more riding in company but in a more controled inviroment and only a dozen horses so he can learn there is no hurry. He needs to learn patience stomping of feet and raising his front 6 inches of the ground is not the way to win friends and influence people. He needs to learn I am the boss not his meal ticket. So more riding, much more riding.
My lesson. If I want to enjoy a trek at this time in Bugies training I should have taken Stella. We would have argued, but she has the experience and knows when to listen.
Now for the biggie, and the one that may get me into much trouble with She who must be obeyed. The Great New Zealand Trek is on in about 6 weeks. I am considering taking Bugs several days of treking will sort him out. The first half a day will see him perform, but after that he will learn very quickly. I'll have to take an old saddle, old jeans, and super glue for the first day. But the stuffing will have been knocked out of him and he will settle.
I welcome any ideas of how to tell, she who must be obeyed, that I am considering going on the GNZ trek which will cost $3000, and without her.
I am teetering on the plea that I am due for a holiday, and who knows my heart may stop pumping unexpectedly and I would have missed out on the experience. I need back up reasons please.
For those interested I think The Great New Zealand Trek can be googled.