|Golly and I heading down the trail|
I stuck with what we had been practicing -- providing firm steady pressure as long as he was going backwards or holding still and then neutral soft legs the second he took a step forward. Reins stayed fairly neutral the entire time, just ensuring that he kept his head facing the woods.
In less than five minutes, we made it the trail head and we started down the path. The second we entered the woods, he calmly moved forward and the rest of the ride was on the buckle and at a steady but relaxed pace. Even when a hawk came swooping out of a tree, he startled slightly but kept on his steady pace.
I had forgotten how nice it was to be alone with your horse in the woods. Its like taking a walk with your best friend. Its even better when the temps are in the 70s in there is no humidity!
Definitely need to repeat this again very soon. All weekend I've had a warm fuzzy feeling of happiness and appreciation for the good reliable horse that I have the privilege of owning. Riding with friends is fun but riding with just you and your horse is good too!
|Begging for treats after our ride|
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