Thursday, April 1, 2010

A surprise trail ride

I was fully expecting today to be a not-so-nice day, since they were calling for rain this afternoon and rain/snow mix tonight. When I went out to the barn a little after 11am, however, it was sunny and in the mid 60s.

Panama was happy to see me, and eager to get to work. We started out riding in the outdoor arena. It was empty when I arrived, but by the time I got Panama tacked up, the group lesson that we shared the indoor with last Friday was out there, as well as two other boarders.

Panama and I got some good walk and trot work done. Despite being a bit distracted at the walk, once we started trotting he was able to focus himself a bit better. He did fairly well at keeping a consistent pace, and I found that my endurance is improving — I was able to maintain a posting trot for more laps than usual around the large outdoor arena.

After we had been riding for 15 minutes or so, one of the other boarders asked me if I wanted to go out on the trail with her and another boarder. I was more than happy to! So we went out and did the same loop through the park that Panama and I have done twice now. He did really well, despite the fact that one of the horses hadn't been out before and both she and her rider were a bit nervous. I did learn that I personally don't care for trail riding as much when the other riders are nervous, but luckily Panama didn't seem too bothered by it!



At April 2, 2010 at 7:06 AM, Blogger Sydney said...

Lucky you. I know it's hard to find a good trail horse that does not want to bolt off after the other horses.

At April 2, 2010 at 12:08 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

That's the thing about trail riding with others: It can work for you or against you. But it's good to find out what your horse can handle.

At April 2, 2010 at 7:45 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Sydney, he does want to catch up if we fall behind, but not so much that I can't keep him down to a walk (albeit a fast walk). So he's not completely confident by himself on the trail, but he doesn't completely lose his marbles if we fall behind, either.

NM, it was definitely annoying that they were so nervous, but like you said, it was good to find out that it didn't bother Panama. Hopefully we'll all be more relaxed next time, now that we know all our horses (even the green ones) do well together out on the trail. :o)


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