Riding Lessons and More in Central Virginia

Monday, August 30, 2010

Happy Trails

Terrific trail rides over the last several days - we took advantage of cooler temperatures and less humid weather. After drawing a little more attention from the mares than we wanted as we ventured around the far back field, Zender and Chubbs made a sweep of the lower cross-country jumps. Each horse also put in a fine leap across the stream, which was running high due to a late afternoon downpour. A couple days later, Chubbs faced the stream again with a less experienced rider who does not jump. Or maybe she does now - despite my successful effort with Zender to give a walk-through-the-water lead, Chubbs still sprang across from a standstill! Henry, bringing up the rear with another novice, was a good sport to step through gently and steadily. Fortunately, I had instructed Chubbs' rider to grab mane "just in case," and this proved excellent advice as she landed securely in the saddle, grinning and exclaiming, "My first jump! My first jump!"