Thanks for the support, cakemom! That's basically how I feel too. There's just something about Lady's personality that's just not the right fit for where we are now and, while she's fantastic, I'm sure she'll make someone else a better longterm companion than she'll make for me. :)
And thanks! :)
Sooo yesterday we didn't do much. Just hung out together. I did mess with Lacey's hooves a bit and got them looking pretty respectable.
Then, today, we went on a SUPER long ride! I didn't set out with that intention, it just kinda happened... lol
Basically, I started out with the intention to just do that long ride we did that other time - the middle trail, if you recall.
We got all the way up to the top of the second "volcano" and as we were heading off down the other side, this narrow trail off to the side caught my eye. It's one that I've been wanting to go on but whenever I've been up there it's been overly wet or otherwise gross and since that trail isn't improved like the ones I usually take (no gravel/sand footing, just dirt), I didn't want to get into trouble, you know?
Anyhoo, it's been very dry for weeks so I figured that out of any day for that trail to catch my eye, today was the day to do it.
And, well, I'm afraid I have been bitten by the "explore ALL the trails!" bug.
there are a couple others I've seen while out riding that I've never really had the nerve to try but now I really want to do it! Haha
Lady was SOOOO mad about the whole situation. She was basically dragging the whole time. Lacey was so jazzed that she was basically just pulling Lady like nobody's business. It was fantastic.
I SHOULD have taken my camera (next time, I promise!) but this was some kind of gorgeous trail. I think I'm in love with it. We were on it for a good 45+minutes and Lacey was walking probably 9-10mph (when she's into something, she doesn't believe in walking at all slowly, hahaha) so there was a lot of space we covered. It was really great.
AND! It ended up turning my already favorite trail into a loop! Bonus!! So now, that trail can actually be a loop or even a figure-eight - perfect for riding.
I also forgot to turn on my pedometer thingy that'll graph where we went and exactly how long it was -bummer deal. Next time.
Next time my plan is to ride it going the other way. The way we went today made it all be pretty much downhill which is probably the least fun ever when you're riding a super jazzed, basically blind, horse. Lacey doesn't get out of control, persay, but she gets into this "zone" where she is GOING for it and if you don't like it, tough cookies. She's perfectly responsive, just yknow, the typical "hot" Arab who's life calling is to get the job, whatever the "job" is, done. I never let her run in that^ state because that's when she does get out of control ("JOY!!! RUNS LIKE CHAMPION!") but at a walk she's great, just crazy fast.
Anyway, if we go the opposite way on this new trail, we'll be going mostly uphill which is much more ideal.
But yeah, all of us, except for Lady, had a bunch of fun. There were a few bridges we got to cross, quite a few large logs to step over, a few banks, a few drops, and most of the way it was a single-file sort of "steep drop-off on one side" trail. SUPER FUN.
Any other horse I would be so concerned about what we just did, but with Lacey, she's just so "I got this" that you just can't help but be infected with the same confidence.
Though Lady was mad, I think was a really good mind-thing for her to engage in. She had to really think about where her feet were, not to mention her first bridge crossings!
After we got home, I hosed them both off really well, fed them, and sent them on their way.
It was really amazing, when we got home, the effect that ride had had on Lacey's attitude. Even though she was tired, she was SO happy. The happiest I've seen her since her eyes really started causing her problems. Yay for serotonin!
wants me to find them an endurance/LTD ride.
Anyway, it was great. Hopefully we'll be able to do it again this week. However, it's supposed to be 95* tomorrow, 100* on Thursday, and 102* on Friday so our plans may have to wait until next week when it's cooler.
Oh well, her health. :)