|Kaity on the Katy!|
Kaity was a good sport about riding Jack, who is not always the most pleasant horse to ride. While he’s better on off-the-farm trail rides, he still does get amped up and want to trot a lot – she handled it with grace though, and kept his jigging to a minimum. It actually worked out really well to have him along, as his walk matched Cinna’s in terms of pace and he is her BFF, so he acted as a security blanket whenever she was scared (and the equine version of a bumper car whenever Cinna forgot how to steer).
There were some really good moments, and moments of baby brain. She confidently walked out for a half mile or so with Jack at her side, but then promptly came screeching to a halt at the first wooden bridge crossing (in her defense, Jack wouldn’t cross it until Trigger did, and even Trigger fussed a little more than normal – even though they’ve both crossed that bridge at least 10 times in the past 2 years). She danced at the edge and I could feel her gearing up for a major meltdown. She got really light in the front end and I could tell she thought the appropriate reaction was to launch onto the bridge, so I tried to diplomatically shut that down. About the time I was seriously considering climbing off to hand walk her over, she finally took a tentative step onto the bridge, and I thought we were home free. She made it about 4 steps before the noise of her hooves on the planks unnerved her and she took off trotting as big as she could manage. This is where I probably didn’t help things, because I burst out laughing and that scared her even more until she could catch up to the boys and bury her nose in Jack’s butt for comfort. On the way back, she crossed it with much less fanfare, although she still was coiled tight waiting for the bridge trolls to attack or something, lol. Work on bridges in the future, noted.
Aside from that, she was remarkably well behaved. We did quite a bit of walking on a loose rein, and she and Jack kept pace together really well (with Trigger usually lagging 10-50 feet behind, which is pretty typical for him haha). She gave the hairy eyeball to a group of pedestrians that walked past (in her defense, several of them were kids with large sticks and she couldn’t wrap her baby brain around that), but she wasn’t naughty. The only other baby moments were with the bicyclists – my experience with bicyclists on this trail has been hit or miss. Sometimes they’re polite and follow the POSTED rules of the trail (which is to yield to equestrians and announce their presence), and sometimes they’re road warriors who think it’s appropriate to just blow right by and cause issues.
|Trigger lags.... haha|
Kaity was kind enough to video the first encounter, enjoy! hahaAll in all, we did about 4 miles total, and I would say for 85% of that, she was a joy, so I’ll take those stats! Even when she was being less than pleasant, it was all just baby stuff that she’ll grow out of with time and more exposure. So I’ll call that first off the farm trail outing a win! I really want to take her to Indian Camp Creek so she can get exposed to water crossings (I’m sure that will be exciting) and then to Rudolf Bennit for more variety in the terrain and footing, so we’ll be out and about a lot this summer I hope!
|A tired baby is a good baby!|
Way to get a calm, positive experience in for my horse. A+.ReplyDelete
Thank you! We had moments of brief panic over the bridges and bikes, but she never totally lost her marbles, and she ways came right back. So proud.Delete
Glad you enjoyed a nice outing with a fellow blogger!ReplyDelete
It was so fun! I'm glad Kaity is nearby and that we connected through blogging!Delete
Yay baby horse!!ReplyDelete
I have also made Annie spook more by laughing, lol.
Haha glad I'm not the only one! I probably shouldn't have laughed because she was genuinely frightened but it was just such a baby overreaction.Delete
What a good baby horse! She looks so happy.ReplyDelete
She was so great! And I think she really enjoyed it. I see more trail riding in our future!Delete
I heart Jack! Thanks again for inviting me along, I seriously had so much fun! (:ReplyDelete
Aww thank you! He loved you too 😋 you are welcome anytime! Maybe next time we can go to a trail that's slightly more visually interesting instead of just flat gravel and a highway haha.Delete
Go baby horse!ReplyDelete
I feel like 4 miles is about my favorite length of trail. Sounds like a blast!!!ReplyDelete
I really love longer ones with Ruby, but for a baby and my geriatric TB, this was about perfect! 😁Delete
Oh yay and congrats! I am also nervous about bridges and bikes on the trail - I'm just waiting for someone to go out with me so Mae has a buddyReplyDelete
Yeah bikes and bridges aren't my favorite, but they were worth dealing with for the rest of the trail!Delete
Let her follow bikes for awhile. Q and Griffin love following my mom as she rides her bike - great pacer for conditioning rides on the rail trail! Now they're pretty chill with bikes unless the person is wearing neon and approaches at speed without talking. I usually call out to bikers and start a convo when they're still a ways off - it serves to let the horses know that 1) I'm calm, 2) the bikes are humans and not monsters, and 3) nothing to fear! When I call out my horses relax underneath me every time (treeless saddle helps me feel every tiny movement, too.) The scary thing we still can't get over seeing on trails are people wearing flappy ponchos and people with large hiking packs that make them distinctly NOT human shaped lol. ALERT!DANGER!PANIC!ReplyDelete
Before he went back to school, DH biked a lot on this trail (although in a different location where they don't allow horses). Maybe I'll drag him out this summer and let him pace us for a bit after we practice at home some more!Delete
I'm in next time!ReplyDelete