It was such a pleasure to ride alone, just the two of us. Being able to ride at your own pace and stop when and where you want is divine. At each stream we stopped mid stream and let the cold water cool G down. About midway through the ride, I called David at Evening Shade Farm, where I bought G from some 9 years ago. I wanted to thank him again for selling me such a wonderful horse. We've certainly had our challenges and obstacles to overcome throughout the years, but he's kept me honest and continually seeking to improve as a rider. We had a great conversation. I always enjoy talking to David and hearing about the horses he and his wife are currently working with. Interestingly enough, two minutes after I thanked David for such a wonderful horse, he spooked! But of course! Still not sure if it was deer or a coyote in the bushes next to where the trail turns to the next field, but it caused G to do a half hearted spin to the left. We did quite a few circles to keep the feet moving and always in the direction of the trail.
Even so, it was a great ride, and comparing yesterday's reaction to that of 8.5 years ago, it so paled in comparison. The best part of all was that at no time did G want to rush back to the trailer, even when he knew we were headed in that direction. It was probably the most relaxing ride I've ever had to date. I think he loves standing in the streams and munching on grass, it makes his time out on the trail much more pleasurable. And the bonus is that G is now loading into the trailer with just the one door open. I used to have to open up the whole back and remove the center post. I believe he's finally trusting me to take him away and bring him back unharmed to the place that he loves.
I took a couple of videos on my iPhone so I could remember the wonderful day we had.
Turn it up to hear the stream!