First, the husbands, though not really riders, were very relaxed, almost not even aware , of what could happen if they didn't pay attention. But what really struck us gals, was that the horses responded to this "clueless" attitude and were very relaxed and responsive.
Second, the husbands have absorbed some knowledge on how to handle the particular horse they were on by actually having listened to us when we talked about said horse. This alone blew our minds!
We had such a wonderful time, and the guys want to do this more! It was great after we got back to hear them chat over coffee and pastries about the ride.
Don handled T well, and quickly learned that she knows the trails like the bottom of her hoof. A few times we had to stop and T tried to continue on. He countered her moves and did it with calm. He also learned quickly, that T is very sensitive to seat position. This became a bit of a challenge for him going up and down hills, but he found where to place his weight. All without me telling him. I tried to keep my mouth shut, unless he asked. Not an easy task!
I am now looking into a more comfortable and better fitting saddle for Don to ride in! Who would have thought, after 10 years of owning these horses, hubby is now showing an interest!