I rode our just turned 3 year old and AW rode Waffles (6 year old and ready for his next career after racing). After my usual 15 minutes of overcoming needless terror I had a total blast. Joey is too smart to race and is also looking for his next career. Too smart to race? Yes, I'm not kidding. In his last racing effort he stood in the gates until the other horses were racing then came out, dumped his jockey, jumped the outside rail and went back to his stall. This is a backside with well over 1000 stalls and he found his. I do believe he will be a champ at anything else though. He already goes well in western tack and rocks the trails like a champ! I rode him in an exercise saddle and you can see in the pictures that I look way defensive, it was still the beginning of the ride and I hadn't yet decided if it was fun or if I was hastening my death. The fact that there were no helmets available also didn't help me relax. Joey was freaking fantastic though and by the end I had one hand on the reins and was chatting up a storm.
|He did prefer to be in front|
|Why hello there|
|Down the road like no big deal|
|Husband getting arty with the sun|
|Someone need a noseband, but check out the cactus|
|Up and down hills with no issues|
|Such cute ponies|
I wanted to get some cute ears shots, but it was too warm for a vest (don't hate me) so I had no pockets for my phone. Are you wondering how we ended up with so many trail riding pictures? Well, we rode right out the front gate of the ranch and circled around behind it and eventually made it to the trail head. My hubby rode around on the roads on a scooter and met up with us and then walked quite a ways while taking pictures, then he headed back and we continued on with the ride. I may need to convince him to come with on trail rides this summer! He actually rode the ponyhorse on a trail ride a couple weeks ago and AW rode Joey instead of Waffles. So much fun, fingers crossed I get another trip back and more sunny trail rides.