Happy New Year, everyone!
Patty decided to celebrate the beginning of 2013 with "pony play".
She's been ground-driving River for the last week or two, and the mare has really gotten the hang of it.
Today, we added a few new important new elements. First new experience: ground driving while other horses are working in the arena.
|Hey, wait. This is AARENE, but it isn't FIDDLE!|
I decided that the New Year was a good time to do some stuff I've been intending to do for a while, including "ride other horses." I asked Patty to scrounge up a mount for me to ride today, and look who she chose:
|Patty and Ross at Cougar Rock in 1997. |
They finished Tevis in 74th place.
Although Ross has an entrenched reputation for teleportation (i.e. you are riding Ross, and suddenly your bum hits the ground and Ross is eating grass 2 acres away), he was AWESOME for me today. Not a beginner's horse, for sure, but he gave me a lovely ride...and look what I got to practice:
|Look at the "thinking" ears on the spotted horse!|
She thought about it for a moment, and then marched on through!
Then, it was time to add another new element:
|leaving the arena behind|
|Watching Patty's young horse through the ears of her old horse. |
Yeah, I'm loving that.
And off they went to explore the farm!
|Large weird pile of gravel = not scary|
In reality, we just wanted to get a bunch more pictures.
|Big tree between Ross and River -- this mare is NOT herdbound!|
|Patty's first time up on River - lots of pets and praise for the mare!|
|Safety first: helmets for the rider and the sidewalker|
We start with Sirie as sidewalker until River is comfortable with the concept. Then...
|Cast off the training wheels|
A few rounds of "follow the leader" with Duana and Hana...
|"Do like I do, River."|
and then River is asked to walk away from her new friend Hana and go alone.
|"Bye! Write when you get work!"|
When River's brain gets full, she stops to think. We call this her "data compression" face.
|file compression 80% complete|
She yawns for stress relief. And then...
|Brain is getting full.|
...she moves out again.