|perfect trail conditions!|
|introducing the newest power couple #bay&gray|
|charlie thinks bella's hay > his hay. also i kinda love how both horses are making moon eyes at brita lol|
|the cotner only has one hook on either side for tying a horse. these guys didn't seem to mind the separation tho - they could see each other through the doors of the main cabin. convenient!|
|bella is so freakin cute tho|
|there's something so scenic about wintry woods|
|"i'm on a horse!!" - emma|
|between the ears pics all look the same.... but i <3 them anyway ;)|
|of note: many pines|
Then there was some bushwhacking needed when we had to redirect around larger fallen logs. Just plain viney brambly things - but the shrub was thick and chest-high on Charlie, and he was not very confident about just pushing through it. He did after some convincing tho, good boy!
|opening onto the corn fields!|
|charlie definitely wanted to treat bella like a pony on the track haha|
Upon reaching the other side of the field, we realized we were nearly back to the parking area... So, naturally we did what anyone would do in similar circumstances: turned around to go back the way we had come. Including back up this same lane, but this time cantering instead of trotting :)
|<3 these horses tho|
|it's a bridge!!|
And he felt equal to whatever he faced after the canter. Including a wooden bridge on a yellow trail spur we took to get back to the pine loop. Honestly I don't think Charlie even registered the bridge - he just stepped right on up. And then immediately jolted ever so slightly through his body upon hearing the odd sound of his footfall on the bridge lol... but then just kept going.
|this is what i looked like after cantering this boy across the field: joyous ;)|
|it's a proven fact: charlie's nose is supremely smoochable|
|going home. until next time!!|
Especially leaving the park with horses and riders who were demonstrably more confident than they had been before the ride.... ahh it just felt good!
You know what I'm talking about? Have you had a ride like that? Or do you have preferred ways for testing the waters for your horses, for laying the foundation for an upcoming competition season? Do you measure the success of your conditioning as just physical, emotional, or both?