An outride on our own – and we went quite far :)

Today Ann and I had planned to go on a long outride and I was really looking forward to it as I had not ridden all weekend… When we woke up this morning though it was cold, and overcast and windy – not nice riding weather at all.. So the ride was cancelled. I did a whole lot of other things at home and planned to ride later..

The sun came out and it warmed up by 12 so I decided to go ride then. I asked Ann but she wasn’t too keen on the wind so I ended up riding alone. I was the only one at Banbury stables…

I decided to take my phone and ride Amber out for an outride… Just the two of us and my new saddle.. I was a bit nervous and I think Amber knew that..

I decided to go all the way up Leopard and then back around the block past the mounted unit. She was difficult getting out of the stable yard.. I had to get off and fix the bridle that I didn’t put back together correctly after the clean but I had to give a hiding to get her to stand still and not turn around to go back into the yard.

I had to kick her to go forward down the road and I know the wind was distracting and scary but she was being really difficult. She didn’t want to go past the cows and we had a big fighting match in the road with me kicking and smacking and screaming at her but all she wanted to do was turn around and go home. I had to get off her again and drag her up the road…

Once we were on the tar part she wanted to trot – fast and frantic but I let her.
At the top of Leopard Road we turned left and I walked her on the verge all the way round the next corner. Once we turned down the the next corner she just wanted to trot and I relaxed a bit and gave her some rein and she charged down the road, extending her trot at some places. I walked her once we got the to dip but she took off again up the hill and once I pasted a few people walking, I asked her to canter and she gave me a lovely canter up the hill 🙂
We walked a bit more and I wanted her to walk up to the new stables at the end of Dassie Road called Vega.. She was not keen about that.. Didn’t want to go forward, spooked at everything.. I turned her around just before the stable and trotted her back down the road and once we turned the corner, cantered her up the road to the stables 🙂 She was soooo good…

We got back and they were bringing the other horses in, so she wanted to gallop up the road.. I was a bit nervous but she listened to me and we had a bit of a trot and canter to catch up but no wild galloping…

All in all I was super proud of my little mare today.. although she can be a stubborn mule at times.. I need to learn to have more patience and be more calm, kind and gentle..

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