Last week Michelle emailed me to see if I was interested in meeting up at Perrydale Trails on Monday. My response, yes! I had been wanting to do something fun over the long weekend but didn't have anything planned. Emi had been to Perrydale Trails twice before, once as a yearling and once as a two year old. We missed last summer due to various other commitments.
Emi was a little over stimulated at first, trying to take in all of the obstacles and all the activity with 4 other horses in our group. I ended up hopping off of her for a little bit and leading her around to show her that everything was okay. Once I had her working over some of the obstacles I got back on.
We spent a good deal of time following Michelle and Lance around, which worked out perfectly for us. Emi will do pretty much anything if she's following another horse but she's not as thrilled about being in the lead. I do think that's something that will get better with more experience and I am glad she will willingly follow someone else. It makes my life easier!
|Following Michelle and Lance through some new Christmas tree trails|
|We did it!|
|She was great about the water. Followed Lance through once and then we did it a few more times unassisted.|
The tire shown below is a fun one. It's the same tire in the top and bottom, they've just added some more "steps" to it 3 years later.
|Yearling Emi vs 4 year old Emi|
|Navigating a ditch that she didn't like as a 2 year old and still doesn't really love.|
|You've got to watch out for deer!|
I felt like Emi's confidence grew through out the ride and by the end she led through a deep ravine and then trotted back to the trailer in the lead. It was a super fun outing and nice to do something other than arena work. It's also wonderful to be on a horse that's safe and who I trust.