The new barn manager, Compass, and I went out for a ride this morning. She's been under a ton of stress since taking over the livery and me, well, I'm all about going for a ride any time. Estes was full of P&V and ready to move out and Compass's horse, Eli, hadn't been out for a while. Needless to say, we moved out at a fairly brisk clip, but still managed a walk (of sorts). We headed out over to the Beaver Ponds and along the way found some purty fluers...
We didn't know what the big white flowers were, but when we got back, Mom told me they were a type of wild rose. And I've never seen so many wild Columbine flowers in one place. It was incredible. I was having too much fun to take pictures, but noticed that the water has receded a lot and not much of the trail is underwater any more. Bummer. I love riding through water.
We ran into a couple of hikers also out enjoying the trail, but as soon as we cleared the hikers we had nothing but a flat, sandy stretch of trail ahead of us. Compass suggested we move up to a canter from our power walk. I agreed, but made her go first in case I made an absolute fool of myself. In the two years I've owned Estes, I've never moved her up past a trot or her nice Morgan gait. Fact is, I'm a bit afraid to turn her loose. I know that she's fast, but she's also quick, and I know that at any point in time she can leave me. It's by her good grace that I'm allowed to stay on her back.
It was amazing!!!!!!
We slowed down at one point and Compass pointed out that my lead rope had come undone and was dragging, so I tied it back up and away we went again. Why, oh, why did I wait two years to try this?
I'm pretty sure Estes enjoyed it every bit as much as I did, as it took a while to calm her down. Once she got going, by God, she was gonna stay going.
Can't wait 'til Tuesday when I'm back up here for another ride.