Well, the weather here in the UK has been wet, wet, wet, so I haven't worked with Gilda for about 6 weeks, however, today I got on and decided to hack her out for the first time ever. Once through the gate into a muddy lane (she has not stepped outside my property since she was 5 months old) we met our first obstacle, running water where the clay is paler than the mud, she climbed the muddy banks each side but would not step into the lane
...I had to show her that it wasn't a bottomless pit and walked a short way infront of her, as soon as I could I got on which made life much easier.
We hacked along a couple of green lanes and considering we were without horse company she was brilliant
, trusting me to guide her. On our return (it was only a short walk for our first outing) her field mates, a rather highly strung welsh D the same age as her and a yearling pony, came galloping up and ran along the side of the lane in the field, I was amazed that Gilda stayed with me and just got a little elevated. Back to the field and I got off to chain the gate and then on again in the field with very muddy boots, but again she was fine. Very pleased with her progress today.