Darling climbed onto Max today and took a little ride through the trees. This was Maxine's first venture outside of an arena/round pen setting, and she did great!
First 'obstacle' she encountered was the step down. Not that she's not been there or stepped down it before, but with a rider perched on the back, some horses feel uncomfortable and will hesitate or spook. Not Maxine. She just stepped down like she'd been packing a rider every day of her life across such things.
There was no stopping these girls. Loose reins and all, Max just dropped her nose and went where Darling's legs told her to go!
It wasn't enough just to walk over logs, we had to see what she'd do at the trot, too. So after a few circles around the trees, Darling pointed Maxine's nose back to a log. We both anticipated the filly to stop, or at least break down and slowly step over. We were so wrong! Max kept a steady pace and trotted right over!
Good girl, Max!
You, too, Darling!