I'm taking my 8yo son on his first trail ride tomorrow with his pony, Buttercup. It will be for about an hour over some very basic terrain. I plan on lunging both her and Chrome in the arena before we go. Mainly because Buttercup hasn't been ridden in two weeks and can be fresh.
I want my son to get a feel for riding outside the arena. He's doing really well at the basics and I think it'll be a good experience.
Buttercup was a therapeutic riding pony for a few years before we got her. But I will be taking the usual precautions (safety gear) and will pony her with Chrome.
Is there anything I haven't thought of? Am I doing it too soon?