>> October 2, 2015 – hacking out
|Photo by FBR|
Favorite Barn Rat and I's lessons back up to each other on Thursdays. When my trainer left for two weeks, FBR asked if I wanted to spend our collective lesson time hacking on a Thursday. Sure, I said! And barn manager Lindsay ended up tagging along too.
|Lindsay on boarder Aria, and FBR on her mount du jour, Skyler.|
Skyler is a feisty redheaded former steeplechaser who has been converted first to a life of show jumping, and then eventing. He's FBR's current lesson horse until he sells. He'd never been out in the field before, so I suggested we hack first around the big fenced XC field, then head out for a hack across the road and through the woods.
|Is he cute, or is he cute? (He's for saaaaaaaaaaaaale! He jumps 4ft! Which of you wants him?) Also, let us all admire FBR's legs - holy crap does she look good on a horse! Skylar is a solid 16.2ish. The girl is only THIRTEEN too!|
I needn't have worried - my own horse was much more of a twit than Skyler. He cat crouch spooked a couple of times, and also channeled his inner racehorse and jigged like a mofo. Who would have guessed that the veteran trail riding pony would be the worst of an OTTB and a draftX who hasn't been out much?
|Seeing dragons everywhere|
We had a lot of fun though - the nice thing about Connor is that after almost four years together, I know I can handle anything he throws at me, so I just relaxed and let him be a twit (within reason) beneath me. He settled down eventually, and we had a gorgeous, if very cold, autumn ride.
|At least I didn't have to worry about him keeping up with the horses for once.|
|And we got to enjoy a gorgeous sunset on the way back. Perfect.|