My baby girl was STUNNING today! She's deserved a day off tomorrow.
I showed up at the barn to my trail buddies leaving and was bummed, but then they told me they were going to eat since they were starving and they planned on coming back for another trail!
So..I hiked up the pasture to find my mare walking away from me..again. I walked her for a good 15-20 minutes until she finally stood for a few scratches and a treat and slipped her halter on with another treat. With that we made our way back to the barn. She wasn't quite herself though...she's usually trying to bowl me over by getting so close (still working on it, that's apparently how she was trained to lead..), but she hung back and needed some persuasion at two points.
I got her down to the barn and had to give the girls that were there an excuse as to why I didn't want to free lunge my mare with them (who they all still call a he..lol.) and I got started on brushing. She's still shedding, especially on her butt, but the majority of winter fuzzies is out and I'm left with a summer coat that still has the starvation hairs here and there. She's still gaining weight and growing some summer coat into her vald patches..lol.
I finished brushing her and got her dose of vit-a in her before I saddled her up. She did great saddling and we ventured to the arena since the girls were done free lunging. I finally got my jog! It was a lot smoother than her normal trot and I could actually sit it (why my back is kind of sore now)!
And then we cantered..except it was definitely more of an in-hand gallop than a canter, lol. She stopped/slowed down when I asked though, so we'll just have to work on slowing it down a bit more. She actually dropped her head a bit and rounded up the slightest bit though, which surprised me. Last time I cantered her in an arena at team penning she had her head way up and was flying around even faster! She has the smoothest canter though, I've only ridden one other horse with a more comfortable canter.
And so we departed for our trail ride. (:
K was on Silver, his OTTB gelding and C was on Jim (Jim Beam lol) her arabian gelding. K ran up the hill before us while C and I walked up it without either of our horses trying to catch up. We then proceeded to go up a hill that was a good..85 degree incline, lol. I waited to see how Silver got up it only to see K roll right off the back of his horse just as Jim was starting up the hill. I don't know what happened, but Jim went from a canter to backing up away from the rolling log that was K coming back down the hill, lol. We all laughed it off and continued on our trail (Alahna went up it just fine with bunny hops, lol). We ended up taking the new logging road down to the cemetary (not sure what kinda cemetary it is..I'm going to have a looksy on my next trail; it's very small, maybe 15 graves?
Soo, K cantered down a stretch while C and I walked and we took a break before the next hill (there was a tree we had to go around as well). We decided that we were all cantering up it. The line up was Silver, Jim, and Alahna bringing up the rear. Silver kicked it into full gear gallop while C and I stayed at a nice controlled gallop..and then we see Silver duck to the right and K soar in the air before he landed on his forehead on the ground. Silver stayed put and just dropped his head to graze while we slowed ours down and hopped off. We gathered Silver first and I held the horses while C checked out K to see if he was still alive. I didn't see him move not one bit and he didn't answer when we asked if he was okay. He finally ended up on his feet complaining about how the horse did this and that (not the horses fault, all his) and was wondering where the blood on his hand came from..He had a little scrape from his "well planned landing" on his forehead and a scratch or two on his arm. Then he blamed it on his stirrup length..I'm just glad I wasn't running to the nearest house to call for an ambulance. O.O;
Soo..we ventured back to the barn at a walk and finished up. Alahna was really ouchy on the driveway gravel..so we may have to find an alternate route for her since I don't plan on having her shod if gravel is the only problem(which it is).
All in all she did absolutely great and I'm giving her a well-deserved day off from work tomorrow, lol.
Farrier is coming out tuesday for her trim (I know they need done, I was hoping to be able to do them myself, but I'm not going to hurt my back trying. Not to mention, I take longer to trim than my farrier, amd she gets kicky when her feet are held up for an uneccessary amount of time. It will be done, but we're just not to the point of holding them up for ages since I just recently got them up at all without getting kicked at.
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