Monday, August 20, 2012

Darling and Maxine

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!


aurora said...

Sweet ride!

Cindy Durham said...

Wonderful! Isn't it great when our ponies go beyond our expectations!

froglander said...

So is Max a keeper?

Paint Girl said...

Max looks so calm and relaxed. Looks like she is going to be a great trail horse! The first time I rode Chance down a steep hill, she stopped and backed up and said "no way!". But after a few minutes of urging her forward, she finally did it!
Can't wait to get our girls out on the "real" trails!

Anonymous said...

Your pictures are always! It's been a while, but I am back! Good to know you are still riding!
~Bonnie aka beemoosie