Saturday, December 17, 2011
By far one of my all time favorite rides, no, days, with Shamrock!!
Saturday isn't one of my typical riding days with Shamrock, but my boyfriend was cleaning the water troughs out at the barn, so I tagged along.
I gave Shamrock and good, long grooming and then gave him a massage. He thoroughly enjoyed both of those. :)
After I felt like he was clean enough and such, I hopped on him bareback. We didn't ride in the arena, we just walked around the barn. We went in between pastures, in and out of the ditch, along the pasture fences, etc. The only time we ever really trotted was when he was coming out of the ditch and trotted up the side. He was super content and so was I!
Some of the time, Shamrock and I would follow my boyfriend around as he cleaned the water troughs. I would drop the reins and Shamrock would just follow my boyfriend and then stop when he stopped. It was the cutest thing, and although my boyfriend will never admit it, he knows he enjoyed Shamrock following him too. :) My boyfriend would even start walking, cluck, and say, "Come on, Shamrock!" like my horse was a dog. Haha. Shamrock listened.. so he may be species confused a tad. ;P
At one point a boarder was returning from a trail ride at Lee State Park and had a large, white horse trailer. I saw them coming down the road and hopped off of Shamrock, unsure of whether he would be spooky of a horse being unloaded or a huge white horse trailer coming onto the property. As I stood next to him, he just looked at the trailer, but did not move a foot. Once all had settled back down, I got back on him and we kept walking around, following my boyfriend mostly.
We rode in a part of the property I had never ridden him before and we even walked in between two parked horse trailers and he didn't spook once. I was very proud and bragged about how brave he is to my boyfriend, but really, it's not really his bravery, but his trusting me as his leader to take care of him. That realization made me smile. :)
After I got off and put his halter on, I just laid the lead line over a hook where we tack up under the barn instead of bothering to tie it. This was mostly just to see if he would stay put. As I walked in and out of the barn, putting his bridle and things away and got him a few treats, he just stayed where he was. I suppose he figured he was tied up, but it was neat anyways.
My favorite part of Saturday was how we just walked around bareback for practically 2 hours and both completely enjoyed each other's company. I didn't want to get off! :)