Given Red's accident the other day, I opted to pony him along today. The paddocks and barn area are treacherous with a layer of water over ice (it was almost 45 degrees today!), and I certainly didn't want him running about being upset with Rhio leaving. Good thing we've been practicing our ponying all fall! It is second nature now.
We are able to ride off the property at the back side, and follow the edge of a cornfield out to a secondary road, thereby avoiding riding on the busier county road. We then followed that road about 2 miles to an intersection, then retraced our steps. Bits of the road were cornfield on both sides and felt very "country," while others felt very suburban, with houses, garages, driveways, and lawns on both sides. I met a lady who stopped her car to chat; she also has horses along the road - she was very pleased to see horses out and about. The few other cars and trucks that passed us were very polite, slowing down and moving over. I think we won't have any trouble navigating the typical hazards of road riding. Rhio did have to pass some dairy cows, which are much more terrifying than even scary beef cows (I have no idea why!), and despite Red's complete nonchalance, I had a giraffe-necked, snorting, prancing pony. Silly boy. Is it too much to hope that living in dairy country might help him conquer his fear of Holsteins?
|Riding along the edge of the cornfield.|
|The view of the farm, from the back (coming home).|
|Rhio releases some tension after being turned back out. Must have been those Holsteins!|