Last night I rode the Platte River Riders (Saunders Chapter) ride. After I was sure there was going to be other riders, I decided to take Fancy instead of Windy. I haven't mustered up the courage to haul her somewhere solo yet. Once on the Oak Creek Trail, we headed from Loma toward Brainard. We don't normally go this direction because it is pretty flat and out in the open. Translation: usually too windy or too hot. But it was a gorgeous, windless, bugless night - so that's the way we went. Since I haven't been riding Fancy at home and John has been riding more, its been almost a month since I've been on her.
Fancy's biggest problem lately has been separation from her buddies. The last time John and I rode with the group, I was riding up ahead and he was talking with others several horses behind me. He said she was quite a handful when she lost sight of Windy. Last night, there were only three other horses and she fell second in line walking out nicely on a loose rein.
On the way back, we were about two miles out from the trailers. One of the riders and I had loped a short distance and then he dropped back. Fancy kept moving out in front and I let her go. For the next 2 miles, we trotted back to the trailers by ourselves. She could have walked if she wanted, but she didn't. She could have rushed back, but she didn't. Just a nice even pace. When we reached our trailer, I didn't let her turn in but we continued another 1/2 mile down the trail, turned around and trotted back to meet our group. It was the most relaxed I have been on her since we parted ways this past winter. I needed this ride on her.
I just watched the video again. John said we should have called her Vera because she is always veering around looking at things. Even in the video you can see her look to her left, look to her right.... stand up, sit down.... fight fight fight. (Sorry, couldn't resist).
Vera. It might stick.