Woke to sun , but clouds with rain coming in. Went out in the park with a good friend, both of us on draft X horses. Was a gorgeous day , about 75 degrees. Both horses behaved like angels. Could not have asked for more. About 2 hours in the saddle.
Well, nice evening here after the heat of the day. Three more weeks until pins are out of my finger and cast comes off....but I did sneak a nice ride in the arena with Snickers. Just a nice easy walk, trot, whoa and back. She is still learning direction and to yield forequarters and haunches. Nice and easy. I miss riding Belle but she is too tall to slide down off of with one hand.
I went for about an hour long trail ride along the road on Sammy at 9 this morning. It was his first lone trail ride since I got him.
We only walked because I just wanted him to relax. He was very spooky in the beginning when he realised his buddy wasn't with him.
As I was heading out one of the things I worry about most happened. A couple of aggressive german shepards came out at me. One just stopped at the gate barking. The other crossed the road and came at me barking, teeth showing, hackles up. Luckily when I turned Sam towards it, it wasn't so big and strong anymore. I continued with my ride and just kept an eye on them luckily they didn't follow. I was worried about them coming out again on my way back but they didn't.
Otherwise my ride was awesome hopefully the more often I do it the less Sammy will stress and the more he'll relax.
I didn't ride today, mostly because I rode so long yesterday that I slept in and am feeling quite lazy (plus it's hot right now and I think my horse could use a break). I did some trail exploring yesterday and got lost for a bit, turning a quick loop into a nerve-wracking 16 mile ride (ish...assuming we were at 4 mph average, although may have been more or less). It wasn't so much the length/distance that was tiring as the stress of not knowing where I was. We do long rides like that about once a week, but usually with somebody else or on a trail I know well. My horse found her way back much quicker than I would have but it was a little scary just letting her go when I knew it wasn't the way we came from and didn't seem like the right direction. Luckily it was!!! She must have been smelling for something or listening for the road...not sure. Either way, a good ride but I need better bug spray and need to bring my GPS watch next time instead of being overconfident
Me and my sister got to ride yesterday evening! It was beautiful! Wish I remembered to bring my phone so I would have known how far we went...oh well next time! I seem to always forget SOMETHING when going out riding haha! Rode on the edge of hubby's fields then along the gravel rode on the way home.. I'm on my fjord Tolef and sis on her QH Cody. Both horses were awesome..pheasants flying up and semis driving past and they didn't even flinch! But me and my sis sure jumped at the pheasants haha! Then this morning when I went to let them in the big pasture I found them like this! They got wore out!
Praisielou, that last picture is a crack up. I love your Fjord. I've always wanted one for my kiddos. I've liked them since I was little.
I took my greenie for his schooling ride today. He was actually doing really really good last year, and I started him on barrels last summer and then we had a fire in the fall and I lost all my tack, and my equine crew didn't get near the attention they needed to keep them from spoiling over the winter. My finished horses didn't take long to bring around again this spring but the one I started under saddle last year (he was actually between 8-9 but an abuse case so scared to death of the saddle and quite the bronc) he kind of fell back to his old bucky ways after about 5 months off. So now that I have a saddle again and the new barn is just about finished, I'm back to riding several days a week and my greenie needs it at least every other day to every three days. So anyway, he got his work out despite hitting almost 100 this afternoon. I took it slow. Never took him past a trot and only worked him on what I call my arena spot that my hubby tills for me to run barrels on. Worked on lead changes and and correct head set. Lots of circles and half halts and back ups. He really is a good boy and wants to try hard. He's just super cautious and it has taken him over two years to truly trust people. We'll get there again with the riding. Here's a recent picture of him.
I tried to take my horse out but he balked on the road so may times I couldn't get him past it so I worked his ass off in the outdoor arena, the paddock and dressage ring. I hope he gets the message that if we have to go back to the barn he will work twice as hard than on the trail.