Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Went for a dude string ride today with the trainer. I got to the barn super early because my friend's gelding was getting shod and she needed a ride. Then the BO and his son started getting a couple of the dude string horses ready for a ride, so I wandered over and asked when they were leaving and how long the ride was. They were leaving at nine (it was about 8:45 at that point) and were going for an hour, so I decided to tag along. Saddled Aires double quick, then fought with him for almost five minutes trying to bridle him (he kept sitting back on his lead rope and throwing his head up in the air). The trainer got the two ladies that were going on the ride mounted and then it was my turn to use the mounting block. That was another few minutes of fighting, trying to get him to stand. The trainer led the two ladies out the driveway onto the road and finally I got Aires somewhat positioned and climbed up. Little bugger walked off while I was still trying to catch my right stirrup! The ride was relatively uneventful, but Aires was definitely feeling like a two-year-old today. We argued several times out on the trail, including about whether or not he was going to go through the ravine on the way out, but overall he wasn't horrible...just horrible for him. lol
Anyway, we did have one VERY proud moment. We were almost back to the main road from our ride up the mountain when this big dump truck turned onto the road we were riding on, coming toward us. The trainer was in front on Jazzy (paint mare), then came one of the ladies on Jack (dead broke older QH gelding), then the other lady on Bubba (well broke QH that came from a ranch in New Mexico at the beginning of the summer), then I was riding drag. The guy started revving his engine as soon as he turned onto the road and saw the horses. Jazzy and Jack were okay with it (didn't like it and sidled to the shoulder of the road), but Bubba freaked. He did a little half rear and spun toward the side of the road and then bolted and ran into a fence. Luckily the lady riding him grew up on a ranch and knew how to ride, so she was completely fine. Here's where the proud part comes in for me, though. My big boy (who I would be willing to bet money is going to be 16hh by Christmas) didn't flinch at all and just kept walking down the road. Didn't move away from the truck at all (we were about 1-2 feet from the edge of the road, but there's a fairly deep ditch to the side of the road, so everyone always rides on the road) and didn't even get tense or anything. I was shaking my head at the guy as he revved his engine even harder when Bubba freaked and, riding one-handed (Aires still just direct reins), made a "lower" sign with my hand to let him know that he needed to stop what he was doing. The jerk was LAUGHING as Bubba freaked out!! It made me soooo mad! I'm just glad that Aires was so good, so I could concentrate on helping the lady who was riding Bubba.
I found out that he doesn't like a regular snaffle bit, though. My bridle was at home (in pieces 'cuz I've been oiling it) and so was my bit, so I used one of the BO's bridles (on the largest setting lol) and an O-ring regular snaffle. Didn't get nearly the precise, supple response out of Aires that I get with our eggbutt french link.
Do not tell me I can't...because I will show
you that I can.