I was able to ride Reason for the first time last Saturday, in a couple months. We had plans to attend a horse event locally (not Reason. My mom, Matt and I) but opted against it. Instead we spent the evening riding! Reason was a total trooper without second thought carried me around as we walked and trotted in and out of our “arena.” Reason seems much happier living this new life and I think having no constraints of riding/lunging in an actual arena and riding in his own pasture has proved more comfortable for him. Obviously that will be changing as we will be trailering out to a local barn for arena use soon, but I think it’s been a great way to re-introduce him to riding.
I’ve been continuing lunging over poles and introducing different cavaletti exercises as well, which I think has helped Reason’s confidence. Going right for him has been sticky, but with the use of poles as a guide and slowly introducing other elements has opened that side up.
Now this weekend, may be Reason’s first trail ride, ever. I’ve decided on a quiet, large, flat trail at a local park to take him to, but that is if there is enough time within this weekend to encompass that and also if I feel Reason is ready. I know he is, but I do not want to over face him, especially with all the confidence he has built and trust in me.
In other news, I chopped Reason’s mane off, leaving a tasteful mohawk. I think it looks great on him!