So, my paint mare is 8 yrs old and I've had her for a little over a year. She's been spooky, nervous, flighty, and stubborn. She was abused in the past, but we've made HUGE strides!
Anyways, I tried taking her trail riding in December on the property where I board. There's 85 acres of trails on property and about 200+ acres of trails off property, but connected. She started getting nervous and spooky and we ended up heading back to the barn.
So, yesterday it was a beautiful day here and we decided to try to head out again. I was with some friends riding and we went off property (a first for my mare and me). She did great!!! She was calm and seemed to really enjoy the nice change of pace after all the arena work we've been doing. We rode for about 2.5-3 hrs (which is a long ride for us). She crossed the creeks, went over the fallen trees, up and down some of the really steep hills, and all over and didn't spook once! I'm so proud of her and how far she's come! It was such an awesome ride yesterday!