I'm officially a night owl now, working from 3pm till midnight, not sure if I love it, but this morning was sure awesome.
I had so much fun with my ride with Killian, I decided to repeat the path with Trax today.
When we first left the house he plodded along like an old plow horse, and I found myself wondering what happened to my freight train of a horse, that never slowed down for anything. I contemplated whether it is because he no longer gets alfalfa at every meal, or if he is getting ridden more, or if it is something else.
When we got to the fence to enter the desert, he stopped and stood like a gentleman and waited for me to dismount and open the gate. Then he stood quietly while I remounted. Then I kicked him up to an easy trot and we headed straight out. Well straight is truly a relative term. We did lots of zig-zagging around trees, working off of my leg and trying to just barely touch the rein. He attempted to slow down a couple of times, which to me is highly unusual, and once again I found myself contemplating the reasons why.
There are lots of washes to go up and down and I have changed from looking for the lowest spot to cross, to finding spots that are a little more challenging for us. Some are steep enough that I won't try it, but the moderate ones were just right. Plus we did a little deep sand walking the length of the washes.
Our destination was the same water hole I took Killian to the other day. There is a large berm/ bank on one side and big shady trees all around. One one side there is a ditch or ravine, not real deep, but deep enough to simulate a stream to cross. We crossed that several times, and then even walked up and down the length of it, right up the middle. He did not love it, but he didn't fight me too hard either, which made me very very happy.
I have video of it too which I sent to Mark Keil a little later. He texted me back and said, "Wow he acts like a broke horse!" I laughed and then replied, "Hey lets not go putting labels on him now." Then I had a thought. So I texted him again, "If I ever sell him I can put that in the ad. Paint horse for sale, lots of go, very little stop, occasionally acts like a broke horse." We both laughed pretty hard about that one.
After our water dance we headed through some trees and around to our resting spot. I got off of him and we took a break.
|"What??? No Snacks?"|
|"Shhhhh, I'm napping"|
|"Did you hear that? I think it was a Puma!"|
Then we headed back towards home, and the reasons for him dragging butt on the way out was revealed. My run away freight train has become a little barn sour. He was all ready to beat feet now.
But not before we stopped for one more photo shoot.
We saw a hawk in a tree on the way home, and I tried to get a picture but my phone does not have a zoom.
As we got close to the gate I decided to go home a different way, and when we hit flat open ground where I could see potential gopher dens, I let him canter a little.
The freight train was back and was headed straight for town. I kept asking him to slow down and rate, he kept asking for more rein and ALL of his head. We finally agreed on a a one rein stop and a trot from there on out. As we went out the gate and down the busy road, he was a bit spookier than usual, then we saw a burro and a pony and he lost his mind. I had to move him to the other side of the road to keep us from getting hit by traffic. I guess burro's must really smell different than horses, because he sure freaks out about them.
Once we got home he had a nice bath and a roll in the pasture and in his eyes life was good again.
Here is the path we took. It doesn't seem like near as far on the picture as it seems on the ground.
|This skinny black line is our approx path. The fat black lines is where I blacked out the street names.|