Saturday, January 2, 2010

Maine Winter Wonderland Ride

Another WONDERFUL ride! It has been snowing on and off for several days now, making our wood trails a winter wonderland. It was oh so beautiful. It's snowing, and AhD was ACTUALLY IN A GOOD MOOD. Ripley's Believe It or Not...but I did my prep work first and am now almost daring to think...have I found the key to being a better leader for AhD??? Perhaps he has decided to turn a new leaf in 2010.
Ian accompanied us on Mister Man. Our horses ended up looking like bay Appaloosa's with blankets due to the snow-laded hemlock branches, and we looked like abomidable snowmen. We followed the same trail I took yesterday, keeping to roughly the same track to keep the trail open for more riding ~ hopefully tomorrow because I have made a riding date already! ;) Yesterday I didn't let AhD trot at all, but today we did some b-i-g snow trots and gallumphy snow canters. FUN! Oh, and I think the best part was that when Ian went on up ahead with Mister at a trot and I asked AhD to stay at a walk, OMG he did!!! Only one small fake spook today, and it was half-hearted at best. I quietly made him turn eight circles going both directions and that was the end of that. I am so pleased with my handsome and personable Curly boy!

3 comments:

  1. Susan, GREAT job being AHD's leader!! I find it so interesting that it isn't that hard, we just need to be CONSISTENT. =] I am so excited for you --- what a wonderful ride you had with Ian.... It was 0 deg today...Tracy and I were able to go for a 20 min WALK on foot and barely could stand it. Please send that weather west! =]

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  2. Susan,
    It sounds as though you and AhD have a great relationship. You must be very proud on him and yourself.
    Also looks like a great ride. We had 34 below this morning so moving around was kinda slow.
    Like reading your blogs please keep up the great work
    Harold

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  3. Susan,
    You and AhD are my role models. I love your connection and hope to find that special place with my stallion, Chester.
    Angie

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