Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Mountains of NH
Won't cross the bridge
The best trails at my house are on the other side of the river. My mare has only been recently ready for riding any length of time. I've taken her out on a few short rides, in the woods, up and down the road. No real problems. Little bit buddy sour but not bad. Hardly any spook, more like freezing in place and thinking.
At the back of my property the road crosses the river on a very noisy, echoing bridge. Plenty safe, loaded logging trucks cross but it is noisy. She won't go. I've tried but she starts that panicked backing that tells me she may rear. Tried waiting it out. Tried getting off and leading her across. No go.
We worked other trails for bit after I gave up so she didn't realize she had a victory.
If I get across that bridge I could ride clear to Canada on snowmobile trails and logging roads. Problem is I'm alone here 999% of the time and a major fight isn't something my 53 yr old body wants to do. At 15 I did a very similar thing and had a horse rear and fall on me. No repeats please. I don't bounce as well as I once did.
Only one I can come up with is corralling my daughter and her boyfriend and having them lead my 2 wise old mares across the bridge, have Katybug follow them back and forth a few times. My old pony won't care as long as she isn't late for supper. The other might flinch a bit but will go. She is an old trail veteran but has mostly just done a few laps around the field with my daughter since coming here.
The bridge is only about 75 feet from the back of the pasture gate so getting there is easy. Making 2 teenagers hang out with Mom for a bit is the hard part. Been waiting a week now.
I'm up for other ideas if somebody has one.
River isn't cross-able. Not deep but all full of rounded rocks of all sizes. No safe footing for a horse.
Head in another direction? Another similar bridge over the same white water. Gotta do it.