So, I have abandoned this place, but a lot was going on, mind stressed by school and home stuff.
Anyway, a few days ago I rode for 2 and a half hours. No worries, I did not try to kill myself and the horse, we trotted and walked alone for about 45 minutes, then walked a bit more while I was on the phone, he was being a perfect trail buddy and just carrying me calm on the road. easy to steer when needed and didn't play a jerk and be scared of everything. then we did our long walk with our friends. I was quite sore afterwards, for one when I jump off a horse when I have been sitting forever and getting cold, I usually do not manage to slide off slow enough and the impact on my ankles is quite bad. But we survive
He didn't even sweat through all that ride as it is chilly outside and we never worked too hard.
This picture is from that trail ride - there used to be a crop field, but when it was cut we could go through. now it's been plowed and I don't feel like riding over it, in case the owners don't like it.. Even though there used to be a road there ages ago.. over 25 years there was a road and then somebody just dug it up. DSC_0749 (640x340).jpg
Thursday/Friday both boys had a day off, I just made sure they get their food and water and a few cuddles.
Saturday straight after Uni I went to ride for about 1.5 hours, just simple walk with a little trot in the beginning and after, It was just fantastic, the therapy I need. Teddy really improves every day. Yesterday we spent 45 minutes exploring the jungle of the forest (lots of bushy areas) and trotting along, getting braver, checking new alternate paths etc. There is one tree fallen that lies about 2 ft above the ground. Teddy being a small horse just walked over it. He stretches his head, raises his legs and off he is. Though I prefer walking over it with some legguards on, as he does scrape his legs on it occasionally. Last time we went his friend went first and jumped it from the spot
Then we went to wait for our friend in their yard, they were being slightly late. Oh, before that I let Teddy choose our paths, and he took me in on a "human" path, small narrow path that starts after a steep 3 ft drop from the road we were on, and later curves around trees. Ofc, then we chose other parts of the forest to walk through, but he enjoyed just exploring and looking under his feet. He had to work hard there with his mind to see where to put his feet safely, avoid fallen branches etc.
Whilst we waited for our friend, 2 more horses showed up near her house and started shouting. Turns out she knew one of them, and I knew the other one.. which kinda used to hate me for some random reason. but yesterday she was actually even talking to me. I was just weirded out. But we walked for an hour together 4 horses
It was fun, we kept swapping places, moving about, not letting the horses too close together..
I was again laughing inside, as I was using the stick a lot more than they were, but that is only because Teddy is not allowed to get away with things, he occasionally ignores leg, so gets a reminder, and also to remind him that I am communicating with him. I do not smack him with it, just tap or poke to remind him what we are doing. As he sometimes seems to go in a daydream, and just keeps moving on without thinking
Some might see me as a lazy or mean rider, but we have our system that works. When he gets responsive off the leg, I will just take the stick with me for security, if he starts ignoring me
we live in our little bubble and share our thoughts and happenings with those we want. She did ask me if it was my horse, I said no - it's a renter, a loan for rides
But no further. I do not want to tell her I have a youngster at home. She does not need to know.
My youngster though loved me a lot yesterday, he was calling for me in the field and LOVED his grooming session with his bucket
He got some extras yesterday whist I rubbed all his old hair off him and brushed his mane again. DSC_0744 (640x360).jpg
It is not as thick as Teddy's, but its easier for him then. It is longer though. however also seems a little less healthy than teddys. It is actually interesting - Grand has better hooves, but worse mane and shorter tail, Teddy has fantastic mane and tail, but his hooves are not as good, i mean they are good, but not fantastic.
I tried to make Teddy look pretty for a sunday ride. Oh my it was hard. My arms and hands hurt, he was not too keen on standing still, and last time I managed a tighter, straighter braid, but ah well.. Please ignore the huge oversized halter. I could not bother to find his, so when I put Grand back in the field I just took Teddy out with the same
It is not my fault we have an XFULL head and a Small Full head DSC_0751 (640x360).jpg
We found his face too - here we had enough problems as I did a french braid in the front too, and he did not want to stand where I can reach it easy
but we succeeded. DSC_0753 (305x640).jpg
Last minute nap
But at least you can see he has a face and a neck DSC_0756 (640x360).jpg
Off we go DSC_0763 (360x640).jpg