Plus former barnmate R met us there with her mare Birdie, and another OF rider happened to be heading out at the same time, so we made a nice little party. Naturally with Brita's pup Riley too.
|big bay club! plus Bella lol|
|chow down, son!|
And she kinda gave me this look like.... Like wondering how I could simultaneously overthink everything and still manage to miss the most obvious answers. Know what she said? "Emma. Hang the bucket farther forward. Problem solved."
Boom. And the K.I.S.S. principle scores another victory lol.... (bc yup, that totally worked, see above pic lol).
|'whatchu doin in there, human?' - charlie|
|guys. Bella is CUTE.|
|actually all the horses were pretty perfect|
In some ways, it might be considered fairly challenging to introduce banks and water at the same time - given that you don't really see drops into water until training, but I always loved it. Isabel and I went up and down and all around it!
|throwback to that time i took krimpet xc schooling. also this is the baby bank that charlie did!|
So we went in and out a couple times, then started going up the little bank seen above. All at a walk, I should say. And he did super well going up the bank (again with no lead). Going down the bank did necessitate a lead - but he did it twice, side by side with Bella, with really only minimal reluctance. And exactly zero theatrics - just stepped down. I'm cool with it!
|dusk at the trailer!|
|the white roof of this trailer makes it reflect the light SO MUCH BETTER than my last trailer - i like it!|
Bc I kinda feel like trail riding and hacking out might actually be the biggest difference-maker right now for Charlie. All the other pieces are coming along - but for physical and educational purposes, he really needs to be out in nature working on terrain and changeable footing.
Do you make hacking out a priority? How often do you try to fit it into your riding schedule? Do you do more road-type hacking, or out through the woods? Or maybe just the pasture lines around your farm? I'm still trying to figure out the right balance for Charlie - I wish I could take him out all the time, but I also want to be sensitive to how often I shove him on the trailer....