First off, a quick disclaimer. I am wearing no helmet which I normally always do wether in the arena or on the trail. I believe it’s dangerous not to wear one while mounted and I would strongly suggest anyone to wear one.
Although I feel completely safe on my near bomb-proof 27 year old, it’s still no excuse for me not to have one on. I forgot it at the barn :(. I know, no excuses..
Errika spent the weekend, from Friday to Wednesday having a “sleep-over” at the barn (WCS, where Reason is and Ink was boarded and the horses were boarded last year). Errika’s barn mates at the barn in the hills, left for a rodeo and I didn’t want to leave Errika up there alone.
Errika was a great girl on the tow over and when she arrived, she stepped off the trailer with an ease of familiarity on her face. She stayed in a grazing paddock that runs the length of the bottom of the upper paddocks. She stayed with her old paddock-mate KC, who is an older cougar mare herself ;).
As soon as I put Errika into the paddock, her and KC greeted each-other, as if they’d been together all the time and walked off and ate grass. The sight of those two remebering each-other and were completely at ease, was so sweet to see!
Errika enjoyed a quiet day grazing before that evening’s, Full Moon Rider’s Club, at the barn. It was lots of fun! Errika was being a little wild when I went to go actually ride her in the arena, but she was understandably un-interested in doing any such thing in there.
The next day I rode her bareback around the property. But I think she truly enjoyed just being a pasture pet, getting a grass belly with her friend, lol.
Yesterday, it was time for Errika to return to the barn in the hills. And I figured, since it was on our way, we would stop at my house to take a short ride around the neighborhood. Ever since I’ve owned Errika, I have ALWAYS wanted to do this! I wish we could have went on a longer ride and hung out longer, but it was still LOTS of fun!
Errika is a very herd-bound horse, but since Ink and her were seperated, I’ve noticed a change in her. I clung pretty close to her after Ink’s passing and being with her helped me move forward. I really wanted to develop a closer bond with her again. Since she’s been with Ink and when I was riding him a lot, Errika and I haven’t been as close as we used to be. So I think that after Ink’s passing, it was really a blessing and a great time to re-kindle (lol) our relationship.
So when I un-loaded Errika at my house, I was delightfully pleased to see how calm and curious she was. Such a good girl! I mounted up bareback and took a spin around the block. She was so good!! I have loved doing all these fun and different things with her and I know she does too.
This weekend, A* & I are going to take the horses on another adventure. We haven’t decided what exactly, but it’s going to be something new & fun. (:
I’m so thankful to have Errika.