Crazy Night Riding
We went for a night trail ride in the spare pasture/arena last night, it is about 10acres. It used to be a a pasture and two arena's but the fence broke down so we just tore it all down and made it a big pasture. Well anyway. It was a very dark night and we're messing around, trotting around having fun. Well, we were both bareback because it was slightly chilly and wanted our buns warm. I was riding my 5 year old gelding (I had boots on him I promise) and my mom on her 19 year old mare. There is this HUGE hill, its a gentle slope but a BIG slope, that takes a good few minutes or more to go up at the walk/trot. Well, my gelding was very excited to be out and wanted to run up the hill. I've only had him for about ten days and haven't cantered him yet because I was perfecting his walk and trot. I wasn't planning to canter until today but I did it last night instead!
So in the pitch black my horse canters up the hill but then I feel him drop down and break into the gallop, you speed demons know that feeling, and the next thing I know we are galloping I look back and my mom is galloping behind me. I Had surrendered all control to him, I could not see a thing, I wouldn't have known if there was a tree in front of of me. The only thing I could see where my hands buried in black mane. We reach the top of the hill and the horses keep going and neither of us made the slightest movement to stop them. It was very very scary and fun at the same time. I ended up just giving him his head and letting him steer because I couldn't see very well because not only were we going fast but it was dark! I saw the night lamp we have on the corner posts, those little solar ones I knew I had to slow him own to a trot otherwise we will run into a fence or do a nice sliding stop, neither of which I was interested in, so as I went so did Dixie but it was just amazing!
Has anyone else done something crazy or wanted to do something crazy with their trail horses like that?