I took my entire herd for a trail ride in the woods! Granted, it was a short ride, only about 20 minutes, but we did it. We were on a trail, in the woods so it counts, right? Right. I don't have any pictures this time as it was all I could do to manage myself, my horse, the reins, lead rope, two donkeys, low branches, trees, etc. The camera would have been the large brick atop the house of cards.
We definitely need to work on this some more as there were some complications, but it went very well for our first try. I would like to have the donkeys simply accompany Tessa and I as Emma did when she went riding with us, but I am not completely certain that the two donkeys on the loose together might not stay with me. It is a lot like going out with dogs, one alone will stay close, but two or more may go off exploring on their own (unless they're Border Collies of course!). Maybe in time.
I had Emma on a long lead and Ramsey was loose, which did work well for the most part. Tessa needs to neck-rein and work off my leg just a little quicker. Emma needs to learn to follow a little closer and make sure not to end up on the wrong side of a tree, that was the biggest problem. When I am on foot, she does very well at this, but that hasn't completely translated to leading from horseback. We'll have to work on it out in the open until she gets it all figured out. I also want to work with Ramsey on the lead and with him leading off of a surcingle on Emma.
We have a lot of work to do, but I am encouraged. Ramsey is not up to long rides by any means, but I hope to be able to continue doing these short training rides. If he and Emma learn this now, it will stay with them and be the foundation for what comes later when he is more mature and his foot is up for more. Even if we never progress much farther (and I think we will), we are all having fun anyway and that's what counts.
And, as I don't have any pictures of our trail ride triumph, how about a picture of another small triumph. A job finally completed.
I was starting to think I'd end up burning all of this before I ever got it stacked! I can't tell you how glad I am to have this job done for now, I am extremely sick of firewood.
The BC however, remains unimpressed on all counts..."Have you completely forgotten how to throw a Frisbee?"