Yesterday for the second time my eldest and I went for a trail ride together with the whole family, well almost anyway. Ok , let me explain. Me, Kim, Popeye, Sarah ( ponied), Diana, with kim aboard, and little Tru tagging along. So minus the pony and mini it was the whole herd family.
3 generations of horses and Pop! Kinda cute, huh? It really is. A couple weeks ago we took the crew out on a longer ride, a progression in effect. The first time I did this just me and Pop leading Sarah and Tru toddled along. Then KIm entered the picture and we took a little longer ride, then yesterday we took a nice 5 mile ride, lots of hills etc, cant get away from them here, and Tru was a trooper. He is happy to hang between us, Pop, sarah and I and Kim on Diana( Grandma), who usually is a ways back. At times he will trot or canter up to us but other times is happy in a cushion of family. We stop after a good climb to rest him and allow him to go to sarah if he wants. Not much of a puddle drinker yet.
He is a pisser, when he gets tired and fussy he begins to get studdish. He will usually go to grandma and attempt a mount from behind, as she walks along.
How they put up with him all day, I have no idea! The measure of control they use to TELL him NO is amazing to see. Just enough to get it across with out crushing his spirit!
We all have Savvy strings attached to our saddles for any reason. I asked Kim to have her’s on her wrist and begin to incorporate a savvy trial ride lesson.
Timing is everything! But as the little one mounts , she swings string to the rear over D’s butt and if he is in the way , Oh well! A giant bug was bothering D and its Kims job to protect her herd of 2.
It worked. To hear kim say , Got him! and chuckle was humorous. Its a bit uncomfortable to be riding along and have a little toughy try to mount , in play, but still, the horse you are riding. Time for trail ediquette!
As Kim heads off to college and kids back to school my timeto get this done with the whol family will dwindle but I intend to get them out thru fall. Pop is a great solid presence for Sarah and Tru.
I can continue to thwart off the mounting attemps( back off dude), from Pops back with end of pony line. Multii tasking 101!
More antics to follow, stay tuned.