April 24, 2012
I Stole a Horse!
It was peaceful with only Brooklyn coming along for the ride. Boots was sleeping in the sun, and being deaf, did not hear us leave.
The road up was muddy, but not overly slippery and the day was sunny and 18C, not bad for this time of year.
As we were going along, I noticed two mallards in a little pot hole and thought "This might be interesting" They took flight right under Alpine's nose. All she did was stiffen up. I was expecting a good spook! It did not happen. Once we got up on the high country field she definitely did not like the wind! We had a couple of differences of opinion to sort out. She wanted to go home, I wanted to go on. We went on for a half mile, just to remind her who is boss, then I turned her and started home. She likes to trot, so trot we did, for about 2 miles. I slowed her to a walk going up the driveway, again, to show her who's boss.
It took a while to get the sweat and mud off her. The sun was hot enough that after a good brushing, she was dry in about 10 minutes. Brooklyn lagged about a half a mile back and was worn out. A few trips like this and some of that extra weight will come off her. I must be getting in shape also as the pain wasn't so bad this time.