The ride went fine, Patches was hormonal but she's a good horse. Very lazy. Her trot is possibly worse than Red's. Very stubborn. She refused to do more than walk 99.9% of the time. ;)) She pins her ears back at everyone who passes by, lol. We had a little "I'm gonna kick you" moment with Dusty behind us..she cow-kicked him and settled down. Oh, mares.
The ride wasn't exciting or anything. Just went in the trails, loped for a couple beats until Patches got tired of it. She's a sweet horse, just very different from Red and what I'm used to. And I've come to the conclusion that I don't click with mares at all whatsoever. I never have, I doubt I ever will. Geldings? Sure! Stallions? Sign me up! Mares? Nope. No thanks. There are some mares that I like, but none that I would just go out of my way to ride or buy.
Once we got back, I hopped on Dusty for a few minutes. He was going through some barn sour issues and wanted in the run in, and he had a few bolts and spooks. He's fun to ride, though, so it was enjoyable. Did some pacing and racking, very different from a trot, canter and gallop, but fun.
Dusty is way different than Patches and Red, obviously, rofl. Very fast paced, he'd rack all day long if you let him. Very barn sour. He has some difficulty staying in his gait, but it's easy to get him in it. Requires very tight reins, spooky, studly, but a good boy. He was just broke and he's amazing. No bad spooks, just a little bunny hop and bolt.
|He also enjoys flagging his tail!|
I have videos that I'll upload later.
Once I was done with Dusty, I went to go spend some time with Red, who was happy and perky in the barn. Did some trick training and trust exercises. ;) A lot of you safety people may get onto me for the stunts I pulled, rofl. Hopped on tackless for a few minutes, crawled underneath his belly and between his two front legs (Of course, he didn't budge, just lowered his head to see what I was up to) worked on his directions, left and right, up and down, worked on his manners while I lead him, did some bowing, etc. Then, he learned how to smile after 5 tries. ;)
|See those cute little teeth?|
Way easier than I expected. Just put the treat at his nose and made him curl his lip for it, I managed to get a video and photos of him doing it with the treat but none without. :( By the time I had left, he was doing it everytime someone touched his lip and said "Smile" :))
Soo...maybe we should've worked on more important stuff, but instead, we did silly things and it made my blah start to the year better. :) Soon...I'll be back in the saddle, alone, riding my big bay fatty.
Barn sour, lazy and stubborn or not.