So on Thursday after class I picked up Roux to take him to my friend's ranch. It took me about 2.5 hours to get there and then after I went to pick up another friend's horse on the WORST road (if you can even call it that) which took forever.
This is him in the Trailer:
Friday I was up at 5 to drive out there we were supposed to be on the trail by 8:30. Well when I got there Roux looked good and was mostly calm. I brought him from the pen he was staying in and gave him some extra alfalfa as a little treat. I took my time brushing him and seeing how he was doing. So I put on his saddle blanket and then I lifted up the saddle and he RAN. He has never ever ever done anything like that before. I thought he was going to stop and I went to approach him and he split. The saddle pad of course slid off right away but he still had his rope halter on... eeek. The ranch is approx. 36 sections - which is HUGE! And there is wild horses there and Roux is part mustang. I did a good job at keeping calm. Why wasn't he tied you ask? Well at home I have no place to tie him and so I never tie him. He has never even moved a hoof before!
Well 45min later two 4- wheelers and one horse later he was caught. Ugh.
So then we were off! First we ran into four bulls and Roux was a little bit unsure about that but when we ran into the cows and calves he was right at home. It was the first time I was really able to open him up and get him into a full gallop. OMG this horse is sooo smooth and fast when he wants to be! Wow... so all said and done we rode for 7.5 hours.
And while he was tired he did so amazing and handled all the new things so well. He had to ride in a group, ride alone, get though tough country, rocks, water crossing etc.
Saturday I rode one of the ranch horses to give Roux a break.
Sunday we were saddled and riding before sun up think 6 am. Which was a 4 am wake up for me to get there in time. It was supposed to be an easier ride so I took Roux but it didn't end up that way. Sunday we had to ride back up the mesa (As the crow flies about 10 miles but its probably longer). The cows were supposed to be waiting at the flats on top but they wern't there. Long story short we didn't have the easy ride we expected. The cows spooked and turned the WRONG way. It took us until almost noon to get them penned. Then Roux had to stand tied to a scary fence while we branded. He stood still like a champ some of the other horses fell asleep and while he wasn't that calm he was close. I flanked calves until we were done (60 so not bad) and then rode back down the hill.
So then... I locked my keys in my truck! UGH!!! I am so dumb some times. Got the spare set and had to drive my friend's horse home (over the scary road). I didn't get Roux home until 11:30 PM and didn't get to bed until 2 AM!! Monday morning wasn't fun...
Monday I gave Roux a bath he needed it.
Tuesday my mom and I went out to see the horses and we went for a short walk. Gus and mom are still doing some ground work. We came across the foot bridge. In July I tried to get hims across but he wasn't ready yet and we made progress but didn't get him over. Yesterday he thought about it for a while and sniffed a bunch and then huzzah! Walked over that bridge like a boss! Back and forth back and forth.
Here is a really grainy pic:
Today I had my long day at school and needed to catch up on work. So no horsing today.