Yesterday I met up with Stephanie and a few other horsey gals for a trail ride at a nearby lake. As I said before, it was my first REAL trail ride. I had no idea what to expect for me or for my horses. I know that my horses are generally pretty laid back, but they also spend much of their time in an arena! I’m happy to say that not only did I not die and no one came back to the trailer bleeding, my horses did awesome!
Most of these pictures show the easier parts of the trail where the path was worn and soft and flat. We did have lots of steep ravines to go down and then scramble up on the other side. There were numerous broken limbs and tree stumps along the trail, too, that the horses had to take care in stepping over. Some parts, I was able to guide Hot Rod and show him the best path to go, while other times I just held on and let him do the thinking. It is my belief that getting out of the arena and forcing my horse to think about where he puts his feet will only propel all other aspects of our riding. It instills confidence in us both. It also reminded me that my horses are powerful and steady, and they strive to take care of their rider.
I chose to ride Hot Rod and asked my friend, Kara, to come along to ride Kona. I really thought that Kona would be the easier of the two, but it ended up behind the other way around. Both were great, but if I was being nit-picky they both had their own trail riding qualms. Hot Rod is the slowest walker ON EARTH. Many times we would be jogging behind the group at the same speed everyone else was walking. Hot Rod also trips A LOT when he’s not in arena, which was one of the main reasons I didn’t have Kara ride him. Kona’s main issue was not wanting to stand still. So, a few times he got a little anxious when we stopped.
Overall, I was really pleased with how they handled themselves. I live for moments when my horses are tired and sweaty, but happy. Experiencing new things with my ponies is exhilarating.
And to top it all off, meeting a fellow blogger was pretty cool. It was like meeting a pen pal you’ve been writing to for a long time, or having fictional character suddenly materialize before your eyes. Thanks for meeting me to ride, Stephanie!! I am grateful for your friendship.