I had a really nice evening with Nav yesterday. I need to go out in the evenings more often. Even though it was a little hot, with the sun setting, a slight breeze, and low humidity it was just really nice for riding!
Nav was really good for me! Our trot work was nice, Nav was really focused and working hard. We did things a little differently. Lately I've been warming up and riding a lot like we do in our lessons, mainly working on half of the arena or a 20 meter circle, but this time I decided to use the whole arena. We did circles at either end, used the diagonals. It was just a lot of fun. :) We did the same sort of thing while working the canter. Started him on a circle (from a nice trot!) and then after a couple times around we cantered down the long side to the opposite end, did another circle, back to trot, cross the diagonal and pick up the other lead and then do the same. Nav was great! Our canter was nice today and he didn't bear down and try to speed along the long side, he just stayed controlled and fairly light.
After working in the arena we went on a trail ride. Last time we went out Nav was super spooky and jumpy, so I wanted to have a nice one this time. However, even though Nav was nice and calm while heading out, as we went down our usual culdesac path a dog charged us from behind the fence alongside the shoulder we were on. :( I saw it coming so I prepared for a spook, and luckily Nav didn't have a huge spook, but he did jump and spin into the road which could have been really bad if a car had been coming. We went to the other shoulder and continued our ride down, just so Nav wouldn't think the spook meant the ride was over. He settled down right away though. On our way back we stayed on the far shoulder, but the dog still ran and barked at us.
This was right before the dog came at us.
It's frustrating. We've ridden that way so many times and this has never happened, but now I'm nervous to take Nav out there again. Partly because should the dog run far enough down, that fence actually ends at the intersecting road and he could potentially come at us. :/ I don't know if he really would but it's just not something I want to ever find out. I know riding out risks coming across animals who might not be friendly, but I can't help feeling disappointed that our trail rides will now be just a little overshadowed by me being on the look out for that dog.
Anyway, when we got back to the barn I gave Nav a nice hose off and let him graze for a bit. I think we've finally figured out our fly spray situation. The Fly Bye seems to work well for our rides, and then when I let Nav out I apply the Pyranha.
A few pictures from the really pretty sunset. :)
And I also found out that Nav likes watermelon!