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post #1 of 12 Old 04-17-2013, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Mana's first *official* trail ride!

We have done tons of walks on trail and a couple of times I have jumped up on him while out, but this was his first official trail ride. I couldn't be happier.

I recently moved Mana to a new facility with some friends so that we could do self care boarding, which is our preference. The new area has over 200 miles of trails which are taken care of by the local riding club. If it weren't hailing out right now, I'd be riding.

I have since gone on two other rides with him, but these are pics from his first time out. One of my co-leaser friends came with on his Perch mare, Rose.

Mana was skittish at first so I walked him for a while before I got on. We first rode to the riding center. They have a full cross country course. Got a few spooks and snorts from Mana over the jumps but nothing bad.

We rode to some wetlands and eventually got to a river crossing. My friend was going to let Rose go in and play since she enjoys splashing the water, and then come back out and go a different direction. I got off of Mana so that I could walk him up to the river and see it. I wasn't going to ask him to go in at all. Just stop and get a drink, but he saw Rose playing in the water and walked right in. I was holding the reins and just before I fell into the water, I decided to just walk through with him since he was being so good. It wasn't even up to my knees, so it wasn't bad.

I got back on and we rode around some more before turning back. I made sure to get pictures and a video of going back through.

All in all, a really great time! I can't wait for this rain to quit. I am hoping to spend all day saturday and sunday to ride. Fingers crossed that it dries out a bit!

Mana and Puzzle taking a nap. Rose standing guard.



And off on the road to the riding center. (Literally. The trail is a closed road that is falling apart.)



Rose taking up the lead.





Riding center's cross country course.



OMIGOD it's going to eat me!!





Heading toward the wetlands.









And heading back. About to go through the river again.



No problem!



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post #2 of 12 Old 04-17-2013, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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More wetland.





And the deer are so used to horses, they barely run from them.





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Thanks for looking!
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post #3 of 12 Old 04-17-2013, 02:00 PM
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gorgeous pictures! Your saddle looks so comfyyyyy
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-17-2013, 02:12 PM
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Oh what fun! Those trails look awesome and I'm so happy to hear that you had a good experience with Mana. Riding with another trail pro (Rose) I'm sure helped immensely. Keep it up!
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post #5 of 12 Old 04-17-2013, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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gorgeous pictures! Your saddle looks so comfyyyyy
Thanks! And, it is! I love this saddle.

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Oh what fun! Those trails look awesome and I'm so happy to hear that you had a good experience with Mana. Riding with another trail pro (Rose) I'm sure helped immensely. Keep it up!
For sure! It definitely helped him get over scary things faster.

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post #6 of 12 Old 04-17-2013, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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And a video of crossing. Don't mind me talking. He kept trying to follow the stream to the right.


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That is so great for a three year old. Good job. It is nice to have pro horses with you on the trail. Nice pictures and it is sooo cool the pix of the deer. Wow. What fun! Thanks for showing us. Cute horss, by the way. Love your horse's name.
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post #8 of 12 Old 04-17-2013, 09:36 PM
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Congrats! He looks really comfy out there. It's a nice bit of inspiration since I'm going to be starting my greenie on trails pretty soon
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Looks fun!
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post #10 of 12 Old 04-18-2013, 09:53 PM
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Really enjoyed getting to see the trail pics and the video. I had popped into this thread a few times at work , but the pics and YT are blocked. I assume its the photo program you use.
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