(Cibolo, considering the trail ahead)
I found my camera after clearing out the trailer and the few photos I took in Conception.
The feeling before the ride seems so distant to me now.
Here's Rudy, ready to ride.
My self portrait.
There were incredible children on the ride.
Riding beautiful horses with style and control.
I mean LOOK at this kid! He's got CHAPS for goodness sake. He looks like he's been riding longer than he's been walking.
We waited on the side of the road for a long time.
And things sort of went down hill from there.
There are other leftovers. Yesterday my ground work session with Cibolo was a mixed bag. I had a feeling I was getting just what looked like compliance. The weather had turned and the horses had been stalled all day because of rain and mud, so they were a little wired. There was no connection there, and it was mostly just about discipline. Reinforcing the no grazing, better leading, standing still, all that.
I took Cibolo out on the trail today, just the one around the barn. He did a mini version of the Conception trail ride for just a second. I had the crop with me and I gave him a little swat, then rode him around the driveway for 10 minutes until he got his head back together, worked on the easy stuff.
Stephanie joined me after a few and saddled up Lily. We rode around for about 30 minutes, Cibolo had a few hesitations. Nothing major, just one point where he didn't want to go forward and I had to force the issue.
At the end of it, it all felt like one big chore.
I wonder if it will get fun again.