I remember a while back a couple of y'all were griping 'bout having your first rides a couple weeks into the year, well guess what. I rode for the first time this year, yesterday. The 27th of March
The ride itself was a little under half an hour, didn't go very far, but I was very proud of my girl under the circumstances. She's been out of work most of winter (hasn't been ridden since fall), and though she was spooky and excited to be going out but at the same time trying to take the ride into her own hooves lol, she behaved admirably out on the trail (ish) after a while of easy work in the pen to ease her back into it. I wish I'd been able to get some pictures - there is an amazing amount of water here, with all the snow melting. Gardens are lakes that the geese and ducks frequent, there's huge bodies of water all over the yard, and most of the fields (including pastures) are over 50% under water. Eeek.
I rode bareback, and surprised myself with my ability to stay on
There was a lot of water to trek through, at points getting close to reaching her knees and I was very proud of how she handled that. I guess she's had to get used to it with it being water season but she used to make a huge fuss about going through water. There were a couple instances where she spun and jumped out of a body of water we were trying to cross, but for the most part with stable footing under the water she did good. There was a bit of higher ground we were walking and trotting along and she started getting all looky and jumpy, attempting to go her own way instead of where I was pointing her. She tried going into a broncy fit but I got her head around before she could buck high enough to get rid of me.
So yeah it went pretty good (you shoulda seen my jeans afterwards though, she sheds enough for three horses
), I'm really proud of her, and excited to ride more :)