Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Southwest, Michigan
I've been baptized in trail riding! Heart pumping!
Okay this is just a story of my trail ride today. Over the weekend my fiancÚ cleared a nice long trail through the 10 acre woods, next to the boarding facility where I board, complete with a water crossing. Long ago it had trails but hadn't been groomed in years. Anyway today myself and the BO decided we would try them out. She has a new little mustang in training and she decided to lead her down the trails. We made a flashy pair. About 100 yards into the woods a tiny deer appeared on the trail which stopped Lola in her tracks. And when the deer monster finally bolted Lola attempted to do the same. I held my seat and rode out her frantic spinning and frustrated head tossing. Scared me to death as it is the first TRUE spook I've experienced in the saddle. But I was proud I stay on and didn't outwardly freak out. It did help to have a experienced person with me. The rest of the ride was uneventful (even if I was also looking out for other deer!) We decided to end the ride with the river crossing which was new to me and Lola. The river is actually a tiny 2-3 foot wide stream and maybe ankle deep. My fiancÚ leveled the banks and cleared all rocks.... But luckily I was chicken and decided to lead Lola across. The BO crossed first without a hiccup. She told me suck it up and walk through the river and show Lola neither the other horse of myself died of wet feet. So I didand was cautious enough to stand to the side. The river is so narrow I literally was able to cross and have zero tension on the lead. Lola sniffed, pawed, sniffed, and sniffed. She could tell the barn was just on the other side. Next thing I know she leaps from a complete stand still across the river, clears the embankment, and lands on the top, whirls towards me wides eyed and snorts. Somehow I keep my composure and held on to the lead even though my instincts scream "jump into the bushes and hid!" Imagine if I was brazen enough to ride her through!? My witness and BO says Lola jumped to the side of me.... But I saw all I saw was horse belly and tucked hooves. I kinda expected a frantic dash or a bunny hop but this was AMAZING and terrifying!! Needless to say I had had enough excitement for one day! My friends all laugh and say your finally a true horsewoman! But I say I need a drink! That's my exciting story of my day riding!
"And God took a handful of southerly wind, blew His breath over it and created the horse."