Friday I rode Jessie its been a while and I thought I would just try it out. And I wanted to go to the dam to check if there was pussy willows. Well got her ready and went out and walked was OK then we trotted a bit that was not bad as long as we kept it slow and controlled. Then thought we would try a lope. Not good. But what a good girl Jessie is. I had one hand on the reins which were a mile long and the other was out trying to balance me and find a comfortable spot which there wasn't one. She coulda done anything, a step to the side woulda made me fall off. But nope she just kept going. Till she was tired and so was I so we slowed to a trot. then a walk. Then we turned back before we got where I wanted to go cause I was too sore and didn't wanna not make it back.
And when we come home I seen my herd of black and white ponies hanging around :) So adorable.
We made it to the texas gate (half mile) and I decided that was enough for me. I turned her around and she wasn't sure we should go back. But we did in the ditch beside the fence and about half way back the other horses started coming up, no big deal we just kept going but when we got to the gate it was too much for Razz she didn't want to ride away from them. OK so no biggie, I just got her stopped and calm and got off, let her stand a bit and we walked the last 5 minutes into the yard. Was a good ride, I am super proud of her for leaving on her own and leaving her buddies when she didnt want to, and not being stupid when they were loping up towards us.
I kinda wanna desensitize the pasture horses to not come up when they see a rider, They are good at it in their winter pasture but new field and they just aren't sure yet. But I think they will figure it out soon enough, all that work for no reward haha. But its tough cause I do like them to come up in the mornings so I can look at them. Ah well we will figure something out.