YR Camp!

So! I am so late posting this… but-Young Riders camp happened this year!! it was a pretty last minute decision that Tanta would be able to go, and I was so busy frantically packing that I didn’t have time to do an update on here. but basically, it was the BEST. SO FUN!

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Unrelated but cute photo

It seemed that Tanta was getting bothered by her boots… as long as I rode her in polo wraps she was happy and sound. this was, obviously, a huge relief. and at that point there really wasn’t any reason not to go to YR’s! Maren and a friend were planning on going, so, for the first time ever, we had 3 horses in our 3 horse trailer!

I was worried about finding XC boots that wouldn’t rub Tanta… as I already said, the decision to attend camp was so last minute, I didn’t have time to order in any sort of soft cross country boot to try on her. I ended up just trying what I could find. nothing was working and I was concerned she would have to go bootless on her fronts. Tanta doesn’t really interfere, nor is she particularly clumsy, but I feel better knowing she has some amount of protection on her legs. As a last resort I tried some old fashioned (not sure what they are actually called, do they have a name?) jumping boots, and they didn’t run her!!! I don’t know why, but I’ll take it. My coach kindly let me borrow them for the show,  and it just so happened that some friends had a couple pairs of the same style of boots they didn’t need, and gave them to me! which was super nice and very helpful as I dont think they make that style of boot anymore! So basically, if I ever see any boots of that style at a used tack store or whatever, I’ll buy them so I have a stock😉

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The wonder boot!!

Back to the camp. we left Thursday morning, fairly early as it takes 6+ hours of traveling to get there. all the horses traveled really well! When we finally arrived it was HOT. SO HOT. I felt like I stepped out of the truck into an oven. we walked the ponies around and let them graze in the shade, so we didn’t melt. the stabling there is my favourite of all the show venues, because the pens/stalls are larger and fairly spread out. They are mostly in the trees, and are arranged in clumps of about 4-6. So it’s sort of separate and nice… there’s a road/driveway that separates the stabling from a big field. Last time we were there people camped on the big field. This year hay was planted on the field, so the organizers had asked everyone to camp beside the stalls. I should have taken a picture but I didn’t. it was fairly squishy, but I loved being so close to the horses. and I mean squishy trying not to have our camp spill onto the road or into the stalls, not squishy with other people. it was actually really nice in that people weren’t camping on top of each other!

There was a rider meeting at 7, to go over rules and whatnot. out group opted to wait and ride after that, in hopes it would be cooler by then. it was, but at that point we were a bit unmotivated lol. we did ride though, and that was good. I didn’t want to tire Tanta out before our lessons, so I just walked and trotted around a couple times and went for a little light seat canter. we were riding on grass, in one of the XC fields, so Tanta was nice and forward. it was fun:)

Friday I had a cross country lesson. My ride time was 9:30 which was pretty nice. We were done before the heat of the day. My group started in the arena, so our instructor could get a good idea of where us and our horses were at before we went out into the XC fields! We did a little flatwork and jumped a few small fences then we were ready for XC. Tanta was a bit sluggish in the arena… but she perked right up as soon as we went onto the grass! The facility is super nice – it has a massive cross country course with lots of different obstacles – ditches, water, all sorts of jumps, hills etc. The first day we schooled logs, the up/down bank, little houses, and finished up be doing the bank up out of the water. Not really that much to report, because Tanta was perfect! (As per usual😉)

Day 2 was super fun- we started out in the arena, but hardly spent any time in there. We started with a mini course, and then schooled lots of other stuff. As I am writing this I’m forgetting what happened when, so my descriptions are a little vague. Sorry😐 in my Defense there have been a lot of XC courses in the last couple weeks. NOT complaining!

we did do a super fun little house coming out of the water:

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It was so fun!!! I wish I could post videos, but my blog plan only allows pictures. On the second day we also had a dressage lesson. Let’s just say that Tanta was TIRED. So tired. They were running the lessons in groups of two, and the other horse in my lesson was tender footed on the arena footing. So basically with the foot sore horse and the super tired horse, I’m pretty sure we had the shortest group dressage lesson ever. Lol! Oh well.

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The third day we had another cross country lesson, and of course Tanta didn’t feel tired at all. We did some little courses, ditches and then some small logs at the top of some fairly steep hills. We came up first, then went down. Those were really fun.

After those our lesson wrapped up. We still had pace though, so we couldn’t leave quite yet. For pace there’s a track running around the outside of a big field, and they time you cantering around and average your speed. We were aiming for 350 meters per minute, as that is the time for Pre-Entry. By this point, poor Tanta was SO tired. We kept breaking to trot… so our averaged speed wasn’t really very accurate. We went something like 337 or something. So the instructor said that when we were cantering, it was probably a bit too fast, because our average was almost 350 and we had trotted so much. We went again and were closer to the time with not as much trotting. It… was good to get to feel what that canter was like… except I didn’t really get to, because we were so inconsistent… haha so pace was sort of a bust but oh well.

We let the horses hang out and have some water, then we hit the road! Altogether it was SUCH a fun weekend, with lots of great schooling, and Tanta was the best (like she always is!)

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Tanta update Take 14

Or something. I feel like all my posts are updates on my various lame horses… anyways, I haven’t posted in awhile… Mostly because I can’t find my computer… which is weird, because I know It is definitely somewhere in the house. So it’s lost in my house. That’s how messy the house is 🙈 and my phone is malfunctioning a lot so typing on here is hard haha.  I am also currently mad at WordPress because I keep commenting on other’s posts and then WordPress eats them!

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Back to the Tanta update. She *was* doing very well on her rehab program, and we wrapped that up. She got the go ahead to start jumping. She had been jumping for maybe half a week, and she was happy and still totally sound. BUT THEN! I rode her (this was about 2 weeks ago now) and we jumped a couple cross poles. She was still happy and sound. But then when I was untacking she was holding her right front off the ground! Of course instant panic sets in as I run over to pull her boot off. Annnddd her leg looked totally fine, no heat or swelling and it wasn’t sensitive. Hmm. I took her out to the driveway and trotted her, and she was totally sound. Weird. After that she was standing normally again, so I passed it off as a weird fluke. Maybe there was a small rock in her boot I didn’t see as I ripped it off in a panic. Or maybe she was lifting her front leg to try and scratch her face (she was cross tied so she wasn’t able to reach down) sounds weird but I wouldn’t put it past Tanta!

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I rode her again the next day, she was sound which was good (obviously). We jumped a few x poles again. When I dismounted at the barn-same thing, she was holding her right front off the ground. Whaaa… I tied her up and had a look… it wasn’t hot or sensitive, but it did have some filling around the fetlock. And she stood normally as soon as I removed the boot. It would seem like the boots were bothering her, but she has worn both plenty of times without a reaction so I didn’t think that was it. She was still sound and the swelling went down within a hour. I texted the vet as well as my coach, and obviously didn’t ride her. They both thought it sounded weird. The vet recommended we go see the lameness vet… my coach suggested I try riding her in polo wraps. I decided to try the polos before a visit to the vet! My coach’s theory is that when Tanta jumps, therefore flexing her legs more, the boots (which one day were Majyk Equipe XC ones and the other day she was wearing hard shell open front boots, so both fairly stiff) irritate the lump on her leg (that is old scar tissue from the injury). So far so good with the polos! She has been ridden 3 times now in the combi wraps, and the plan is to give her seven rides in the combis/polos then gradually start jumping her again! It is great that it is HOPEFULLY an easy fix and no visit to the vet was required… but I also don’t want to speak too soon and jinx myself. After all, she hasn’t actually tried jumping in the combi wraps, and that’s where she was bothered in the boots… we’ll see😬! I really hope she will be ok with fuzzy boots because I just received my order of PURPLE METALLIC jumping boots from Punk ponies!! They are amazing and I’ll be really sad if I can’t use them! Also bummed because this whole situation means I will most likely be missing YR camp for the fifth year in a row… and the horse trials we had planned to attend right after. Oh well I guess. Next year I. Am. Going. To. YR camp. But then I say that every year😢

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Maren is letting me ride Ollie in a dressage clinic today and tomorrow! I was booked to have my lessons on Tanta, then the whole holding weight off her leg thing happened… but I’m excited to ride Ollie! He has been really good lately.

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Oh and look what arrived:

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A “cute little boot” for Lilliput! We bought her two (plain black, this was before they made glitter ones) boots last year, but puppy Finn got ahold of one… so she needed a replacement boot. We ordered a black one to match-but they sent us a glitter!!! I’m not complaining-It’s adorable! Although she will have mis-matched feet… the obvious solution is to just order a second glitter boot😉

25 question blog hop

I’m a little late on this blog hop, but it sounded too fun to miss out on!! Also, Im having a serious lack of new media… not sure why.

1. What is the first thing you do when you get to the barn?

Well, our barn is on our property so I’m out there every morning to feed the horses… but when I go out to ride, I’ll probably get my tack/brushes out first, and then go get Tanta/Rasty/whoever I’m riding/brushing.

 

2. Is there a breed that you would never own?

Hmmm… honestly I can’t think of one breed in particular I wouldn’t ever own. When I’m looking at a horse the breed really isn’t my topmost priority…

 

3. Describe your last ride?

Me and a friend trail rode over to our local riding club for a clear rounds day. I just rode in the warm up as Tanta isn’t jumping yet. But it was a nice ride, and Tanta was very good.

 

4. Have any irrational riding fears?

Not really? I mean, I get nervous sometimes, but… I don’t really have any irrational fears I don’t think?

 

5. Describe your favorite lesson horse?

That would have to be Lily, the black pony mare I rode when I was first starting to ride. She was the first horse I ever sat on and she was pretty awesome. Tbh I don’t really remember what she was like to ride (it was so long ago!) more I just remember loving to ride her. Then my coach (at the time, I have a different one now) suddenly sold her… I went to visit her a few times at her new home (it was out of town). Unless you can count Fox as a lesson horse!! Because she’s pretty awesome too…

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6. Would you ever lease out your horse?

I would, to the right person, but not right now.

 

7. Mares: Yay or neigh?

I love mares! And gelding too. I really don’t prefer one over the other, it depends on the individual horse’s personality.

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8. How many time per week do you get to see your horse?

7 as they are on our property. But I don’t normally ride everyday. Right now my riding schedule is sort of all over the place, but when my horse is feeling good I normally ride about 5-6 days a week.

 

9. Favorite thing to do on an “easy day” with your pony?

If I’m going to still ride I’ll do a bareback ride or a trail ride, or maybe a bareback trail ride. If I’m not going to ride I’ll just do a good grooming or give them a bath.

 

10. Conformational flaw that bothers you the most?

Hm. I’m no conformation expert, but I’m weird about the feet. Super small hooves freak me out, tbh. But that being said, Fox had a messed up foot when my coach got her, and she’s turned out pretty good. So I dunno really. Also Rasty’s lameness was 99% probably from the feet, so I’m extra paranoid about them now…

 

11. Thing about your riding that you’re most self conscious about?

Uh… it fluctuates.

 

12. Will you be participating in no stirrup November?

If my coach has anything to do with it than yes! Although it really depends… as long as my horse is not too hyped/spooky I normally but a bit of extra effort into it.

 

13. What is your grooming routine?

Get pony from paddock. If it’s summer, curry with a soft jelly scrubber, if it’s winter, I use hands on grooming gloves. If it’s shedding season I’ll then use a equi-groomer… a medium/stiff beastie brush if pony is muddy, otherwise skip this step. Then a medium/soft brush for the legs. Then a very soft brush everywhere/face. Then pick the hooves and brush the mane/tail. Fly spray/hoof conditioner as needed.

 

14. Describe a day in the life of your horse?

In the summer they are normally out 24/7, and in the winter/bad weather they come in at night. So… eat, hang out, nap, hang out, ride, hang out, run around like a crazy weirdo, hang out, eat, sleep… repeat. That goes for both of them, except minus the riding for Rasty.

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15. Favourite season for riding?

fall.

 

16. If you could only have 1 ring: indoor or outdoor?

hm. I’d have to say outdoor. As much as I LOVE having access to an indoor, I think I would go squirrelly always riding indoors. I don’t mind riding in the rain etc, as long as the footing is still good… so all weather footing would be a bonus!!

 

17. What impresses you most about the opposite discipline (English vs. Western)?

I guess… a lot of the western horses that I know have really good ground manners… not to say English horses don’t/can’t have good manners, but… I feel like generally western people are better about training their horses in that way. Rasty has AMAZING manners, on the ground and under saddle. It’s mostly just his personality, but he was bred/trained to be a western pleasure horse… So I can’t help but wonder if that’s partially why.

 

18. You have unlimited funds to buy one entire set for your horse, what is he/she wearing?

that would be fun! I love my dressage saddle (and girth), but we would get some sort of custom jump saddle with purple details… and a matching girth. I can’t say for sure what style brand, as I’ve never tried any of them… can’t afford custom saddles! Haha. And Tanta would have about 245743 bridles, in all the different styles, because you can never have too many bridles. And… saddle pads/boots in all the colours! But mostly purple😉

 

19. How many blankets do you have? When do you blanket? 

Each horse has 2-3 rainsheets with detachable hoods, a lightweight turnout, a medium turnout, a medium stable sheet, and Tanta has a heavy. I would like to get Rasty a heavy, too. Right now if it gets really cold I just layer his blankets… but it’s more work For me haha. And I have a nylon sheet (which Rasty won, but I never really have a reason to use it) and a ripped up fly sheet… it’s usable but just barely. So both ponies need new ones. Knock on so much wood, the bugs haven’t been that bad so far this year, but I’d like to have some on hand. On and I have a couple coolers… but they are Rasty sized and don’t fit Tanta very well. Sooo… I guess she needs her own. As for when I blanket, there’s not really a set temperature or anything… because they are on my property, they get changed around a lot depending on temperature, humidity, rain/snow, clip, etc.

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20. What is your horses favourite treat? Favourite place to be scratched?

neither of my horses are picky eaters… they both love carrots though. Rasty’s favourite place to be scratched is his neck, and Tanta’s is the inside of her ears…

 

21. Something about your barn that drives you crazy?

huh. Not really anything? I mean, there are some things that’s aren’t perfect, and a bit annoying, but… nothing that drives me crazy… if we had better drainage outside that would be nice, as it sorta creates rivers outside when we dump the buckets. Oh wait- I know what drives me crazy. Maren is super messy in the tack room!!

 

22. Roaches manes, pulled lanes, or long flowing manes?

i like a neat and tidy mane-either pulled or trimmed with scissors. I personally use scissors, as I don’t really know how to pull a mane. I think I understand thinning the mane by pulling, but… how does it get shorter?? Lol. Right now Tanta has a long flowing mane… I can’t wait to trim it, but it also seems sorta scary… it’ll be such a big transformation-what if i do a hack job of it?!?! 🙂

 

23. Can you handle a buck or a rear better?

100% a buck. I hate rearing and find it super scary. Bucking… doesn’t bug me so much. As long as it’s playful/excited. I wouldn’t like to ride any horse who is trying to buck me off. Not to say that I think bucking because of being playful/excited is good or ok… but it just doesn’t bug me that much. If I fall off I fall off!

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24. I would never buy a horse who

A) rears. Like I said above, hate it.

b) hates peoples/is grumpy and/or mean. No matter how wonderful under saddle, I just don’t find these horses enjoyable to be around.

 

25. Favourite facial marking?

I don’t think I have a set favourite… but I love asymmetrical markings. I’m particularly a fan of crooked stripes that go over one nostril… 🙂

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It’s starting to feel like summer…

Aka, it’s way too hot already. Today me and Maren decided to clip the little beastie. It’s been sooo hot… it’s… not my favourite weather. Last year we had an above ground pool and it was literally a life saver. Unfortunately we were responsible and put it away for the winter… why is that unfortunate? Well, because this past winter a big tree fell right on top of the shed where the pool was being stored. So it’s smushed. So we no longer have a pool:( anyways, back to Liliput’s clip.

She still had tons of her winter fluff, and was looking miserably hot. Me and Maren alternated clipping… It took awhile (because I’m the worlds slowest clipper! Haha)… but actually turned out pretty good!!

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She’s so cute right?! The plus side of all this super warm weather is that I’ve had the chance to give both Rasty and Tanta baths. They really needed it… especially Tanta. But the ungrateful ponies went and rolled immediately after I turned them out. Luckily I assumed that’s what they would do and put sheets on them, so the damage was minimal.

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Tanta has been doing well on her rehab program, and is still (knock on so much wood!!) sound.

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And me and fox have a jumping show coming up this Saturday. I’m very excited for that!! We’ve entered 2’3” and 2’6”. Fox has been so very good lately, and she’s so fun to jump.

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And the pups! They are doing super well. Today they turned 6 weeks old, I can’t believe it’s been they long already. About a week ago we started bringing them outside into a pen to play, and they love it. We’ve also started taking them for small “walks” around the yard in their harnesses, to get them used to wearing them. Really we just follow them around though.

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Little one, AKA Lolo
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My pony is actually a unicorn!

So naturally when I was scrolling around online, window shopping, and saw THIS; (Equiture Unicorn Browband!)

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Photo from Equiture’s website!

had to have it. But at the same time, it was a lot more than I would normally spend on a random splurge that I don’t technically need, and isn’t even on sale. However it was just soooooo amazing. I couldn’t resist. I tried to be reasonable, and I waited 2 whole weeks, trying to talk myself out of it. I mean, I love the browband that came with my Solo dressage bridle, so no need to replace that.

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My beloved Solo Splendor!!!

And I… don’t yet have a jump bridle for Tanta. I need to sell my saddle and buy a different one, as my current one doesn’t fit me properly. So I’m waiting to see what colour I end up with so I can get a bridle that matches.

But! When I do buy a jump bridle, it most likely won’t come with a bling browband. And I do love blingy browbands. Obviously. Anyways, It’s good to be prepared RIGHT?!? So I should just buy the browband, and and then when I get a jump bridle it can go on that. Good logic right😉

so, I ordered the browband, along with some mane and tail detangler, some ‘shiny’ coat conditioner and some amazing dreamers and schemers boot socks with flying pigs, from Leveza!!!! Because… if I ordered enough I’d get free shipping. Logic. Anyways, a couple days ago it all arrived!

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All the items were were wrapped up in tissue paper, and there was a nice card included. It was a nice touch. And it was EXCITING!! to open! Felt like Christmas😉

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When I opened the browband it glittered all over the place!!! So pretty🥰

I took it outside to try on Tanta. I put it on her dressage bridle (well, I guess i don’t have anything else to put it on), and she looks SO CUTE in it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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honestly, it looks about 10x more magnificent in person!! I love it.

I have been using it for every ride, and it’s just so blingy. It makes me happy every time I see it!!! Maybe that’s weird, but it does. I would totally buy more of the equiture browbands, if I had more $$. There are so many gorgeous ones!

I think oliver needs one. Right?!?!

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Just look at his bling compared to Tanta’s… poor Ollie😞

While there is technically nothing wrong with his browband, he told me he would really like a new, bling-y-er browband😉

I’m thinking this ‘mocha’ one would look suuuuuppppper cute on him.

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Come on Maren!!! He would look so sweet in it😉😊

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Pup pic of Goldy just because she’s cute! (And looks so serious here, LOL!!)

 

Trot sets and trail rides…

Today me and a Maren decided to take our ponies on a nice, gentle trail ride. Backing up a bit, Tanta got the go-ahead to start the next part of her rehab!! Which is:

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We just completed day 3 today. It’s so fun trotting her again!! Hehehe.

Anyways, We thought we’d just walk and then do Tanta’s trot sets on the flat parts of the trail. It was a really nice day… actually sorta cold, but there was sun and no rain so I’m not complaining.

But once we mounted up and headed out, we realized it was super windy. Ok… we started the ride off with a small twig falling out of a tree and landing on Tanta’s head… which startled her. So she was on high alert! So the tarp flapping around the back of our neighbors woodshed in the bushes caused a few spooks!! Then a big scary truck drove past us which freaked me out more than Tanta… who was unphased.

we turned down a side road, and got about 1/3 way along before Tanta stopped/started spooking at a rock. a rock!! This is when I realized Tanta was feeling veerrryyy fresh. Hahaha. She isn’t one to spook at stuff like that, unless she’s feeling hyper! So… she literally wouldn’t walk past the rock, and was skittering out in the middle of the road. We might have held up traffic. Maybe. I had to give her a big kick… that worked. After that I waved apologetically at the traffic and made Maren lead. Which was fine. Until we got near a horse hand walking in the opposite direction. Both Oliver and tanta most definitely saw the other horse… but… Oliver waited until we were pretty much right across (we were on opposite sides of the road) from this other horse before he threw in a massive spook, and landed with his from feet in the ditch, then hastily retreated from the ditch, almost leaving Maren in it. I thought he was going to *ditch* her. Get it!!! Hahaha… ok yeah that wasn’t that funny. MOVING ON!

we then got the the actual ‘trail’ part, and that went pretty well. Our horses were snorty/spooky, sure, but nobody ended up in ditches or on the ground so I call it a success.

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After that we popped out onto another road, this one quite hilly. we walked down hill #1, and then started to trot up the next hill. Except Tanta spotted this really old falling apart truck on the side of the road, that has literally been there forever and decided it was going to eat her. Cue her spooking all the way across the road and almost into the ravine… ugh. I managed to kick her forward to avoid that disaster. Thank goodness these roads are pretty quiet!! The rest of that road went relatively well, other than a few minor spooks. After that both Oliver and Tanta seemed to have really calmed down, so we were just walking on a loose rein. Then this truck with a big trailer (bouncing EVERYWHERE, I might add) zoomed past us. Didn’t slow down at all (was going too fast to begin with) and didn’t go wide around us at all. So yeah, another spook… but not too bad. Luckily they are used to cars and trucks.

Right after that Ollie and Tanta relaxed back into the loose rein walking, lulling me and Maren into a false sense of security. We had just turned a sharp corner… one minute I was slowly plodding down the road on a loose rein, and the next I was plastered back as Tanta bolted down the road… luckily it didn’t take long to get both horses under control again… of course there were 5 cars all trying to drive by right at that moment. They were all really nice and pulled over as soon as they saw Tanta and Ollie bolting down the road… but… what? Tanta  has never bolted before, and I had no idea what spooked her. I was in the front, so couldn’t see what Ollie had done. I asked Maren and apparently a car came around the bend behind us, causing Ollie to spook And land with all 4s in the ditch, and bolt forwards… and I’m assuming he startled Tanta into bolting… ha.

Thankfully at this point we were like 10’ from our driveway… and got home safely.

I really wish Maren had worn her helmet cam… it would have been really entertaining footage!!

 

Relaxing trail ride right? Hahaha

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Tucker❤️