I'm pretty sure it's no secret that I love to go on trail rides and the lack of trails is about the only downside to Charlie's housing situation. About 2 weeks ago, I went to my friend Lauren's house to go trail riding on her property. She and her husband live on about 150 acres and she grew up riding barrel horses. It's pretty interesting talking with her about training barrel horses - their are a lot of similarities in training methods once you get past the language barrier. She calls trot sets long trots because you're trotting for a long time…get it? Haha! I thought that was brilliant. They also do quite a bit of lateral work.
Charlie was little full of himself when I first got there but he settled right down. The trails were a little more shall we say rustic, then I was expecting so we did some trailblazing. Since Lauren grew up riding western, she doesn't wear a helmet and her hair got caught in some of trees. I told her that was one more good reason to wear a helmet. :) We were out for about an hour and a half, just walking as the trails were too hard and too rough to do anything else. I think Charlie really enjoyed it and he was really good about leading and being in back. Sadly, I lack photographic evidence.
This past Monday, I took Nadine (the barn owner) and Charlie's girlfriend Sadie with us to the Clemson experimental forest for a little jaunt. Sadie was a bit of a problem child at the barn - she got loose twice, running all over the place. Not a good start and since Nadine is basically a beginner, I began to get a little concerned if she was acting like this at home, what was she going to be like when we got there?!?! I have no idea when she was last off the property. Shouldn't have worried. She was really good as was Charlie. There are 2 water crossings and one looks more like a ditch than a stream. Charlie always jumps it and monkey see, monkey do - Sadie jumped it! Poor Nadine but she did great - stayed right in the middle, in perfect balance. We had a great time and hopefully we'll go again while the weather is still so nice.
This would have been cute but Charlie decided to try running up Sadie's butt right when I took it.
Back in the lead and happy about it.
Satisfied at the end of the ride.
Charlie gets shoes on Friday - can you believe it's almost 6 weeks since he got his last set? I need to knock on wood or one will be missing in the morning...