No ATVs allowed on the horse trails. No dogs either, although that sometimes does happen. Well I long lined him in the arena first and then took him over to the park as his cool down exercise. He was superb. Crossed the road like a champ and even squeezed through the stupidly tiny trail entrance to get to the main trail.
I had so much fun, Phoenix was so unconcerned that he was in the park, it was like he does it every day. Didn't spook, was completely relaxed and even stopped to have a bite to eat right next to the road for a bit of car de-sensitization.
The only real issue I had was that it was muddier than I though so I kept having to get him to pull me out of the mud, bless his heart he kept stopping and letting me hold onto his neck/back to get me through the deep parts. Also, when I go again i'll wear different boots, the ones I had on started to rub the back of my heels so I had to turn back sooner than i'd have liked.
I also didn't encounter any other riders which was slightly disappointing, I was hoping it would be good practice for Phoenix to see other unfamiliar horses and get used to passing without stopping. Oh well, next time!
Can't wait until my back is feeling better then I can ride him over now I know he's going to be quite calm. He surprises me, what I think he will find scary he really doesn't. Yet when I was long lining one of the horses outside swished it's muddy tail against the side of the barn and i'd swear my horse thought the world was coming to an end, silly horse.
All in all an excellent day.
Darrin, I didn't tack up this time but I definitely will next time. The tight squeeze trail entrance might prove more tricky with a saddle on so i'd like to see how he reacts. Although I doubt it would bother him. He definitely had fun, there's a part of the trail which is like a tiny creek, he waited until i'd gotten over it and out of the way before jumping it. He'll definitely enjoy his new trail job.
Last edited by phoenix; 10-02-2011 at 03:49 PM.