Lots and lots of trail rides over the recent days and Easter holidays. I summed up that I've ridden nearly 90 miles already this April! Our average trail ride is now approximately 5 to 10 miles long (shorter on workdays, long ones during weekends) and we trot and canter a fair deal, but mostly we keep at a walk as we're often accompanied by Snicks' bud who is coming back into work from his tendon injury. We've experienced many despooking moments by meeting all kinds of loud vehicles, barking dogs, wildlife, crossing railroad tracks, jumping fallen trees and logs, and Snickers has been a really good boy about all of this. I'm especially happy about getting him used to trains as he used to get very nervous around them - now he can stand and watch one passing by without prancing around and even chase it at a trot when it has already passed us.
We had a jumping session as well and I badly need a trainer. I can jump small obstacles well enough, but I need guidance if I want to jump a bit higher. Snickers was being a champ, though, and jumped everything I pointed him at, as long as I didn't unbalance him by bad two-point. Fortunately, the BO has agreed to help us out in that and I'm finally having a lesson with my favorite trainer this weekend!
One of these days a few friends visited me and we had a lovely, little picnic by the barn, with Snicks and his best bud participating as well. They had a jolly good time, trying to steal our bananas and sweetbread, and fussing with my nonhorsey guests.
I was also suddenly asked by the BO if I could do a little show and tell routine with Snicks for a kids' party that was to start in a few minutes. Just for a challenge, I agreed and Snickers was wonderful, although a bit sleepy, as he had been just rushed out of the paddock. He lied down, let himself get covered with a blanked, lead with his eyes tied shot, showed his Spanish walk and finally I rode him tackless, waving a big piece of cloth all around his head. Finally I got inspired to try and stand up on his butt, which I had never done before, but luckily it went well and the kids were amazed.
I'm visiting Snicks today as well, but no riding this time - he deserves a day off, after all. I'd love to do some groundwork, but his feet need trimming so I'll do that instead.
Snicks being a bit too friendly during the picnic. :)
Just a pretty shot:
A personal challenge fulfilled. Don't do this at home, kids!
Snicks learned to place his hoof on a smaller and higher mounting block while I'm sitting there - good boy for not crushing my leg.
And I found a ladybug on his forehead while he was sound asleep in the paddock!