Painted, you're just the tonic this old boy needed to get off his duff! "Saddle up and go ride" indeed! I was just being lazy, knew it, and you "encouraged" me to get out. Thanks!
Nice weather, not much wind, cloudy, but in the 40's, I suppose. Maybe high 30's. Wearing insulated leather gloves my hands go too hot. Sigh.
We only went 2.4 miles, just across the road and over thru the trees on the lower slopes of the Butte. But it was REALLY nice to get out!
Mr. Big continues to improve. He really wanted to go home and be with his herd for awhile but was listening to gentle commands and doing what he was told, most of the time. I'm new at this and we're both learning to neck rein and neither of us is perfect at it. But we're improving.
About 2/3 of the way out it's like he forgot about the herd and just wanted to wander around with me. We did some weaving amongst the trees just for control practice, went through a bit of water, did some deep gooy mud. Just sort of mosied along enjoying ourselves.
Oh, yeah. I said I'm new, too. I took him up a hill steeper and longer than we'd been up before and down an embankment a lot steeper and longer than we'd done before (we'd been up it, but not down--somehow, it's steeper going down!). He's a lot less nervous about it than I am! But, he's a good teacher and I'm learning to trust him and hang on--he'll get me there.