We had a nice, horse weekend.  The river wasn’t crossable, but our younger niece came out, and she made it fun for us.  I started out riding Cole in the arena.  He had a lackluster day.  I then let my niece take him down the hill to the river.  He was pretty good for her, and she is getting used to his bouncy walk down hills.  When we got to the bottom, we let her trot on the flat part a bunch of times.  Cole has a normal trail trot, and she was posting is beautifully.  (She can’t manage his arena trot, but most people can’t.)  I think she had fun with him.  He was fine going back up the hill. 

 

Then, we saddled up Cruiser and Ranger.  My sister came with us on foot.  We did the hill 3 times.  At the bottom, we did do some trotting, and Cruiser showed his true colors as he burst past Ranger at a canter.  Once he got in the lead, he was happy to trot.  Ranger handled it well—but then he is used to it from Cruiser.  May Cruiser never grow old…

 

Sunday, the river was low enough, so my sister and I took Ranger and Cole up to the show ring trails and had a really nice ride.  It was a frosty morning—glad we had our thermal underwear on!  I then took Cruiser on a quick 5-mile ride.  He was in a great mood. We rode across the ford, and the only 2 motorcycles to brave the chilliness had to pass us when we were in the middle of it.  He got scared and tried to run off towards home, but I was able to contain him.  That certainly got our adrenaline going.  It took a while to settle him down.

 

On the way home, we met my boyfriend on Starry and my sister on foot.  We all ambled home, chatting. 

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