I went out to the barn Thursday thinking we’d do a brisk 10-mile ride and try to throw some balanced canters in there.
About a mile in, I scratched the entire distance plan and settled for trying to find the pony’s brain. Canter sets don’t mesh well with a pony that’s behind my leg and looking for things to spook at.
About two miles in, we met a tree.
|I limited my chainsaw photos due to residual anxiety that she’d lose it. Next week: better photos.|
She wasn’t convinced she really totally had to come with me, but once I snapped some photos she was willing enough. Hooray for pony jogging partners.
Once we got home I was completely wiped out – as if we’d just done a LD – but it was only six miles and one battle. I’m not really sure what to make of that and I’d happily take suggestions.
Since I’m so late in posting this, I actually do have a followup! We went back this weekend and did battle again, but the battle was relatively minor and I was pleased. The following day we went with friends and.. the lead horse also objected to the tree. Thus the pony earned some points back, since it clearly wasn’t all in her head.
Hopefully we’ll have more interesting things to post on soon! If the sunshine holds, my riding mojo has returned, and we’re back out and at it again.