We trailered my horses a few miles down the rode to a sandy county road that connects with many trails through a remote oak/pine forested area. We rode for many hours each day, making sure that we were sore by the time we got back. We trotted and cantered a ton! It felt great! Cody was extremely well behaved for my friend. Chico was good, but we did discover some holes to work through. He needs some more work riding at greater speeds keeping his attention on me and not the other horse. He wanted to be in the lead, so when we were behind, he wanted to catch up and pass. When we were in front, he was better, but the first day he was very fast and very difficult to get to respond to cues well. By the last day of our trail riding saga, he was actually doing much much better. I could let Cody pass us at the trot or canter without Chico even thinking about breaking from the walk. And we could canter or trot to catch up with control. I think he needed some reminding about how to listen to me and not his boss mare, Cody. It was great to ride with a friend and get some training in on my horses at the same time! And now, my horses get to recover from their week at work too.
I wish I had more photos from the past week, but we were busy riding, plus my camera batteries were low. But enjoy the few that I have!
We encountered a boggy area and lead the horses through it. Chico fell in a bit of a hole and splattered me with mud on his way out.
Oh, and here is a photo of goofy Kachina. I'm not sure how she managed to get herself a hay wig, but it stayed on for quite a while. She acted as though she was purposefully wearing it. It didn't bother her at all. She never shook her head to get rid of it. It eventually blew off when they came out into a more open area with wind.
Griffin is handsome and the rest of my horses look on.