|Rhio's happy to cross the bridge several times to help Tomas conquer this obstacle|
Yet another day of stolen summer in October - and we took full advantage of it with a quick jaunt on the snowmobile trail, Tomas' first bridge crossing. It was very warm today and the boys felt pretty pokey on the way out, but the bridge was a new and scary obstacle for Tomas. Rhio stepped out confidently across it, each hoof-fall ringing out on the metal grate covering the wooden planks. "Danger!" screamed Tomas, and he whirled for home. Rhio & I crossed back to their side, and Christine was able to hand walk Tomas across the scary bridge. On the other side, she mounted up and rode back across it.
|View of the river as we cross|
I am continually amazed by our horses' ability to learn and accept new things so quickly - even things that they initially find so scary. It is a wondrous thing when a prey animal can trust and follow a predator (us).
|Tomas had opportunity to practice other trail skills, like puddle drinking|
We turned back for the trailer, and suddenly the horses were full of vim & vigor! Racing home induced a little competitiveness between the boys and Christine had several opportunities to exhibit her bronc-riding abilities. Rhio was a little on edge about Tomas' craziness and dove towards the woods to avoid his antics, making for a less-than-relaxing trip home. We made it, however, without any major mishaps. Rhio has been loading much better in Christine's trailer, and he'll get another opportunity to practice trailer-loading tomorrow when Gesa & I head out for another ride. I just can't get enough of this weather!!