It started out innocuously enough. My BO and I hauled to the hills to go for a trail ride Saturday morning. Courage is great at trail rides. I mean, yeah, his only bad day last year was trying to get to the ride itself, but we worked on that over the winter and he should be fine.
Or you know, not.
|Y U SO HARD?|
The horses just have to walk up and step over the low spot on the little brown metal gate. Until Courage, I'd never had a horse have a problem with it. In fact, the first time C-rage went out there, he stepped over with no hesitation.
Now you can make all the arguments you want about how it looks spooky or is uninviting to horses or is scary or/or dangerous, but the fact is that if we want to trail ride at this location, we have to be able to deal with it.
Let's just say that didn't go well.
|Rocking the out of control mane!|
His only hairy moment was cresting a ridge and seeing three horses standing together.
Courage: OMG ALERT ALERT!!! GIANT THREE HEADED HORSE EATING MONSTER SPOTTED!! SUGGEST POSE DRAMATICALLY AND SNORT.
Me: It's horses with people having a little snack break.
Courage: Oh. Ok.
So despite the beginning, we had a lovely ride on the trails and both came home better than when we left.
|The crew! Photo by HorselessinHalifax|
Alyssa brought the gorgeous Bacon, Lins brought everyone's favorite supermodel Diva, my awesome fellow boarder rode her 26 year old arab, and of course Courage was decked out.
|Practicing my hunter duck. Photo by HorselessinHalifax|
Then we set a little course of crossrails, including one out in the pasture. That created a tiny natural "bank" between the arena and the field, so it was actually pretty legit event derby practice.
|But he still looked awesome. Photo by HorselessinHalifax|
We finished up our course, but it wasn't nearly as smooth and polished as I would expect out of him with his beloved Sprenger in.
|Giant bit does not impede napping. Photo by HorselessinHalifax|
We're looking forward to a lesson (fingers crossed) today. Rest assured, C-rage will be in his micklem and sprenger and I will try to round up a photographer!