Jackie's fave horse is Pokey. But he was out in the Big Pasture so Bella was given the chance to take her first trail ride. Jackie and Bill got her all ready to go. She's wearing my Big Horn saddle, Lilly's pink saddle blanket and a full cheek snaffle. But before I go on, I want to share with you Bill's new blog! He's always had a website for horse sales, but now he has a blog too! Isn't that bomb diggity? I think so. You will find it here: http://broncobillyshorses.blogspot.com/ You may recognize some faces on this blog! I hope you check it out.
We have just gotten on the trail at this picture and Jackie stopped to adjust her tack. Actually, it looks like Bill is making the adjustment. There is nothing worse than a slippery saddle! A little after this stop, a branch got tangled in Lilly's tail and she started making micro-prancy movements with her feet like she was thinking about having a little meltdown. Bill got off Freddie and untangled her. No harm, no foul. Good brumby.
The horses were all exceptionally behaved today.
I think Jackie was really having a good time with Bella. She said she learned a lot on this ride.
Here's a nice snap of Bill and Freddie! One of the things I love about Freddie is his beautiful color. It's like mahogany!
Before we went in to Trollwood, we walked around this pasture where Bill has been harvesting hay. I think this line of hay is so beautiful. It also smelled so summery I could have eaten some of it myself!
It was so beautifully verdant there in that pasture.
I could not get enough of this portion of the pasture! It was so wonderful! I only hoped a little groundhog didn't pop out and scare my brumby half to death. Bill said, "Hope we don't run into any bees nests!" (Such a thing has actually happened to Bill before)
You can tell my the darkness that we have found our way into Trollwood. Here is Bill giving Jackie a lesson on neck reining. My brumby, who is not exactly the greatest neck reiner in the world, seems to be watching too. When you are in Trollwood, there are many opportunities for reinforcing the indirect rein as we amble around tree after tree.