Soooo far behind on posts, wow. Bad blogger! I already wrote my lesson recap from the weekend before last, but what I neglected to write about was a really fun trail ride the day before! I met up with some local(ish lol) friends at Rudolph Bennitt for a laid back ride. One of the ladies didn't have a horse to ride, so I used that as an excuse to get Cinna out - I let her ride Ruby and forced myself to ride Cinna lol. I also picked up one of the ladies who lives near me (trailerpooling FTW, no need for both of us to drive trailers up there with empty slots), so lots of driving that day!
Predictably, Cinna started off a bit hyped up, and wanted to jig/put her nose up everyone's butt..... sigh. She also pulled her patented "spook and come to a dead stop and refuse to move", which of course caused a few traffic jams. About halfway through the ride she finally settled in and I was actually really proud of her! ........ annnnnnd then with no warning and for no reason whatsoever, she kicked the gelding behind us. Luckily for everyone she caught him in the meaty part of the chest, and isn't shod, so aside from being very wary of her for the rest of the ride (poor guy), he didn't seem to have any ill effects. He was following at a completely appropriate distance and was not in any way crowding her (plus he had literally run into her butt earlier on the trail when she stopped abruptly and wouldn't walk on and she didn't bat an eyelash), and she didn't even pin her ears or anything so still no idea what on earth set her off. I was MORTIFIED, because she's never offered to kick before, much less done it with no warning. Although in retrospect, I'm not actually sure she's been out on a ride with strange horses, its always just been with my other horses? Not that that's an excuse, just a data point to consider. I will be getting a red ribbon for any group trail rides and warning people to give her space, because I don't want anyone to get hurt :( I'm just thankful she didn't catch the rider in the leg, or anything on the poor gelding to do more serious damage.
|The lady riding Ruby was a bit obsessed - I think Ruby has added another person to her fan club lol. I was just glad she was well behaved (minus leaping over some creeks, but the lady events so at least it didn't scare her haha). |
It was an otherwise laid-back ride -- mostly walking, but then one one of the wider grassy sections (I think its the carriage path) we let them trot/canter a little. Cinna pleasantly surprised me by being a complete adult about this and trotting reasonably without losing her marbles. Ruby of course was perfect - I think her rider might have answered a facetime call while trotting down the trail hahah. The day was warm so I think the horses appreciated getting sponged off back at the trailers and then hanging out at the trailers munching hay while we all socialized a bit. It was an excellent day!
It sounds like fun! I wonder if Cinna was kicking at a bug? I'm trying to find a reason for it to be not her fault, lol.ReplyDelete
Seems more likely she was just being a bitch... sigh. And usually Ruby is the "overreact to bugs" type, although thankfully it only manifest with her stomping her front legs extra hard while walking lol.Delete
Oh Cinna... glad everyone is okay and not hurt! Sounds like a wonderful trail ride otherwiseReplyDelete
The gelding she kicked went XC schooling the next day and has shown since then so I assume he's fine 🤞🤞 but yes, otherwise amazing!Delete
Ugh mares! Shiny would absolutely do that too. (Oh, wait... she HAS!) I'm not sure what gets in their heads! Glad no one was hurt. It sounds like an otherwise very lovely day!ReplyDelete
Yes, thankfully that was a minor blip on an otherwise truly wonderful day!Delete
Which parking lot has water where you can sponge off?ReplyDelete
None as far as I know, we brought our own water, since the day was forecasted to be so warm.Delete
Makes sense, I just got excited that maybe I was missing something.Delete
Oh gosh Arwen has caused SO many moments like that!! As she matured she's gotten to the point where she won't kick if everyone keeps a reasonable distance, but heaven help you if you get within reach of those heels -- she'll double-barrel like mad. I do the red ribbons and the warnings of course, but we still stay way at the back of trail rides... no mean feat on a spicy mare! - FirnReplyDelete
Mares 🤣 keeping her at the back of this group would have been tricky, we had some stock horses who walk at about half speed compared to my Spanish girls lol. But I did try to make sure to keep plenty of space between her and everyone else for the rest of the ride!Delete
Ooh, naughty girl! Glad the gelding wasn't injured. Sometimes they really do it without warning. Looks like a beautiful ride regardless!ReplyDelete
Very naughty! But yes, lovely ride minus the kicking incident!Delete