First off - Isabel has a new boyfriend!! This kinda amazes me bc she's generally indifferent to the horses around her (they're clearly not civilized enough)... But apparently Canyon's got the right stuff bc Isabel even dragged herself away from the hay to hang out with him at the fence line. Very cute! Too bad he's only living on the farm temporarily for training...
Anyways, we took a break from our normal routine to go out for a relaxing trail ride. Seems like an appropriate way to bid farewell to an amazing year for us, right?
Our last time in the woods wasn't really the stress reliever I had hoped for, tho. We did a lot of standing around while my friend's OTTB Wick learned about water crossings, and Isabel does NOT appreciate standing around. We ended up having a few discussions about patience...
So I really wanted today's ride to just be an easy peasy romp through the woods. And it was!!
follow the blue blazes
I actually hadn't planned on riding at all - thinking Isabel would just get the day off (as evidenced by my wearing jeans despite what is becoming a rather large breeches collection lol). But a friend was going out and wanted company, and who can resist that?
riding in jeans is nbd
Obviously I tried to document the ride for posterity, but at this time of year it pretty much all looks the same in pics... so it's actually more like a random assortment of between-the-ears shots of Isabel lol.
wild n crazy arabians lol
Isabel *really* moves out on the trails - and my general rule (to avoid fights) is that she can go as fast as she wants so long as the gait has four beats (ie, no jigging or trantering). But this means we out walk almost every other horse. Since Isabel doesn't really stand well on the trails - or at all, really - the only way I can get her to wait up is by parking her at some food.
So she does a LOT of grazing while we're on the trails lol. I know a lot of people disagree and don't let their horses graze under saddle.... but I figure it helps take the edge off so why not?
Tho by the time we were back at the barn, Isabel had a HUGE gob of grass rolling around in her mouth (see above lol). I took the bridle off thinking she'd drop it with the bit - but no, she's apparently pretty dexterous (and committed!) and managed to hang on to and eat that sloppy mess despite dropping the bit... ew haha.
warm weather nap attack
Hope everyone has a safe and happy New Years Eve!! See you all in 2015 :)