Friday, August 19, 2011

Trotting in the Trees

Brian had a late morning on Thursday so we planned a morning ride. But then we both slept poorly plus it was raining when we got up and so we didn't get out there quite as early as we might have liked. Still, it was a beautiful morning and our horses were happy to see us. The herd was in the second pasture but the tree lot was empty so we tacked up and headed over there.

We started out walking the perimeter. Steen was in 'snorty' mode. He was looking at everything and breathing through his nostrils constantly, but he wasn't actually spooky. It may have been the cooler weather, or just high spirits, but he was ready to go. Nevertheless he was good about staying at the walk until I asked him to do otherwise.

After warming up we played follow the leader for about twenty minutes. Both the horses started out excited, but after a few switches in position they'd settled quite a lot. Bear was showing an inclination to relax and trot slower in the lead, so towards the end we just left him up there since Steen was following fine. We had fun weaving around the trees.

We didn't have a ton of time, so we cooled them down and hopped off after about half an hour. It was nice to have a brief, easy ride.

Ride Time: 30 minutes
Horseback hours YTD: 54:00

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