|Pony Takes Point|
(Apologies for the blurriness; Sug was a bit antzy.)
About a gazillion years ago I had a wonderful dressage trainer who rarely worked in the ring. We were lucky enough to have access to all sorts of fields and trails, and I learned that it completely possible to get a horse to do a leg yield or shoulder in no matter were you were. In fact, it seemed to better prepare them to listen to the rider no matter what the circumstances were, and it certainly made for happier, fresher horses.
So, off we go on a beautiful Sunday morning. The pony decided it was her job to take point, and immediately set off in her little pony power walk, with Sug ambling along good naturedly a few lengths behind. We'd no sooner set foot in the little wooded area when a trio of crazed chipmunks sped in front of us in a lively game of chase. For such small creatures, they make a surprising amount of noise. They careened around us for a few minutes while our bemused mounts stood and stared, and then as quickly as they came they were gone.
The next portion of our ride took us into a field, where we were greeted by a red fox. It was almost as if he had been waiting for us. Cookie looked back at me as if to ask if we were going to give chase, and the fox, clearly no dope, decided he was better off removing himself from the situation.
|Are You Following Me?|
It was a great morning. Nice bonding time with the kiddo (boy, do I hope she remembers this when she's an hormonally imbalanced, angst ridden teenager that hates my guts) and the horses. Both mares were obviously happy as stoats, moving with long, relaxed necks, swinging walks and letting loose with the occasional gusty sigh.
I'm now ready to get back into the ring. What do you to do re-charge your or your horse's batteries?