Sunday, April 6, 2008

A Sunday horseback ride

This afternoon my sister and I went out to the stables to visit my horse. My sister hadn't yet seen Panama lunged or ridden, so it was a big deal for her. I also hadn't been able to ride since last Sunday, since I don't like to ride when no one is there, just in case.

I lunged Panama first for 5 to 10 minutes in each direction. He was pretty well behaved, especially for not having been worked in a week. My sister was impressed at how easily he followed verbal cues and commands. She also kept commenting on how pretty he was when he trotted and cantered. (He is exceptionally graceful and smooth, perhaps because of the Arabian blood in him, or just because he is smaller and lighter than most horses.)

After lunging Panama, I rode him bareback for another 15 minutes or so. He followed my commands a little better than last time, so I didn't have to wrestle with him much. Maybe he was showing off for my sister, too!

Riding my horse bareback

Although I think I look kind of sloppy and slouched in this next picture, I like it anyway, because of the Rocky Mountains spread out behind me:

Horseback riding in Colorado

Colorado is the perfect backdrop for the horse owner's life!

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