We had a lovely weekend for riding. The weather was gorgeous both days, so we rode the long loop each day. The flies are finally subsiding, and even though it was hot, there was a nice breeze. It made me wish that we had much longer trails, as I would have loved to have ridden for much longer!
The colors are so beautiful right now- all the yellow flowers are blooming, and everywhere you look, there's a bit of a golden tinge:
Saturday, we rode out alone, and kept a quick pace throughout the ride. Isabel felt great on our gallop hill, she really enjoys herself there. Can't beat that feeling of the breeze and mane in your face! I think it's convinced me to get a GoPro- my husband loves Izzy, but can't imagine her galloping (he usually sees us ambling in at a walk after a ride)- so I would love to show him what it's like when the old girl revvs up her engine!
, Isabel asked to record a video for Bandit to show him that it's not so bad riding through the summer foliage :)
You can tell that she's definitely aware of what's going on around us (it's funny, I don't think I notice how much her ears are moving while I'm riding, but she definitely is checking things out), but she isn't tense. I'm riding on the buckle here and holding the camera in the other hand (hence another reason for the GoPro!!).
She also kept her cool when our barn neighbors dragged an ancient old pull-cord lawn mower out of their barn and tried to start the rickety thing in the street as we were riding by. They're horse people too! I was a little frustrated because the part of the road we were riding on is where I feel most vulnerable- it's the bottom of a blind hill where people drive too fast- so I always keep Izzy really focused on me there. But, she just gave it a bit of a side eye and kept going as asked. Good girl!
Sunday was bittersweet, it was likely our last ride with my trail buddy; she moves out of state next week. We went on long ride, which was nice. I do enjoy riding by myself, but it's nice to have the option of having a friend to go out with every now and then. We may be able to fit in one more weekday ride before she leaves, but if we can't it was a nice ride to end on. The horses were calm and enjoying the view, no bugs, blue skies.