It was pretty chilly today, but I wanted to ride. Zip kept moving backward when Morgan was trying to mount. By the time she got on, she was flustered and uncomfortable, and Zip was frisky.
She decided she didn’t feel comfortable to go, so she dismounted and worked Zip for a bit. (That’s her, a speck, and you can barely see Zip in the circled area.)
I took off with Shortcake on my own.
Here, you can see how we ride around the back of the barn on one of the access roads. Just past the white barn yard fencing is where we go up to the lowest of the tracks that switch back and forth up the ridge. I need to do a little bit of trimming on these trails, and in general, the trails just need used, so it will feel like a good “chore” to take the horses up there to keep the trails stomped down. Today was my first day to take Shortcake so far out the trail on my own. I felt a little nervous because I could see how Shortcake was distracted by Zip down in the barn yard as we passed by. She wanted Zip to come with us–or she wanted to go back there with Zip. I persevered through the nervousness until we got out of sight of Zip, and we had a good time, even in the cold. I’m such a new rider, every ride still feels like a triumph–I did that!
I am so lucky to have this amazing little horse.