Second Trail Ride!

This is a post from my horseforum.com thread that I started when I got Max. I’m so lucky the forum is still around and I was able to go back and add it to Lipizzan Life.

Trail rides are so cool! 

I went to the stable in the middle of the day to work Max in the arena. When I got there, one of the working students was out on her friend’s horse. I asked why she was on THAT horse? She said her friend was out of town and asked her to work her horses. I asked if she wanted to go out on the trail with me? and she said sure! 

The first trail ride that Max and I did, the other day, had been with his best horse buddy. This was a horse that lived in a completely different herd, but she is a very patient and gentle soul, and so is Max 

I hopped up on Max at the mounting block. The working student asked if I wanted to do stuff in the arena or just go straight to the trail. Yes! Trail! That! 

We started off following her and her horse, but Max has a much quicker walk and it was literally a struggle for HIM just to not crash into her. The student (who is a bit more carefree than my instructor, lol) suggested that I take Max in front. It was kind of one of those “hey, you cool, right?” “uhh YEA *gulp* TOTALLY *squeak* IM COOL MAN!” moments. 

Max was great out front. I let him have more of his head this time. There were times when the other horse was waayyy behind us and he just kept enjoying the ride with me. The only thing that got him to shoot his head in the air and SNUFF SNORT at was the pasture board horses. Because clearly… he’s never seen a horse before! 

He was such a brave boy. He would go into turns where he couldn’t tell what was ahead (with a little bit of clucking and LEG LEG LEG). Mainly he just wanted to eat things, again. I didn’t let him go out of his way to do that, because it’s just annoying. If he could open his mouth and catch something as he was walking straight ahead, it was fine tho. 

I even caught myself wanting to try a trot a time or two. And I daydreamed about when we could canter out there on the open stretches. It’s just so nice to get out of the arena. When I put Max back in his stall, he looked so alert and happy. It’s an awesome feeling when you know your horse had fun doing his job. :cowboy:

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