DH and George were nice enough to escort me around with Gamer today. Talk about perfect fall weather: sunny, low 70s, light breeze.
Ride started with Gamer being a bit of a pill. She decided she wanted to turn around and go back to the barn, even with George leading. The first couple times she just swung her head to look back, but when she swung her head and her shoulder tried to follow, I put my leg on her and growled. Her reaction was a temper tantrum, which included a bit of bucking (though nothing like the panic rodeo that got me stomped on). Kept her head turned away from home and drove her forward until she stopped (which luckily wasn't that long). Hopefully that isn't going to be an issue every time she doesn't get her way!!
A bit farther into the ride, we came upon the Very Scary Combine. We had been able to hear it, so knew DH's brother was in the field beside/above us cutting corn. I figured it would be a good learning experience for Gamer. Rode parallel the field and she couldn't have cared less about hearing it, but I got off and led her around the corner knowing that seeing it would be a very different story.
Glad I got off, but really she handled it quite well. A running combine IS a very scary thing, so I couldn't really blame her for being nervous about it. But after not even 5 minutes, I had her up beside it eating cookies (my BIL was nice enough to stay still to let me school her beside it, but all the scary clanking cutting spinning bits were still going). In the end, when the combine continued down the field, we actually jogged after it, then stood and ate some grass as it vanished into the distance.
Then I got back on and we continued home. Not the longest ride in the world, but I will def take quality over quantity at this point!
09/21/13 bob 8.29 miles 5.4 mph 732.34 total miles
09/22/13 bob 3.75 miles 5.9 mph 736.09 total miles
09/29/13 gamer 1.7 miles 3.1 mph 737.79 total miles