Monday, February 23, 2009

Over the River and Through the Woods....

....except we didn't go to Grandmother's house, and it wasn't exactly a river -- more like a small stream. We went out for a ride on Sunday through the woods near our house. We decided to stay in the woods this time, which meant a lot of backtracking to take the different varying, and sometimes dead-ending, trails. This also meant we had to cross the little stream about four or five times. What a different experience this has been compared to a year or so ago. There was a time when coming upon that six inch wide stream of water caused The Girls to stop dead in their tracks and freak out. It used to take so much coaxing, prodding, and sometimes pulling to get them to cross that little bit of water. There were times when I was sure it took us about 10-15 minutes to get across, and physically exhausted John and me in the process. But then last summer when riding a different area a few miles away from home, we came across a very large flooded spot. With some coaxing, but as much as I would have thought, we got them to wade right through the water. After that, we kept going back to that spot until they just trotted on through it like it was nothing. So yesterday crossing that little stream in the woods was no problem. Something else also happened that was pretty neat -- we came across some places on the trail where obviously someone had been doing some tree removal. There were lots of branches, large and small, scattered about, and even through the snow cover we could tell the ground was sort of torn up. With Divna in the lead, I spotted the path around the mess that I felt was the safest. I only had to give her the slightest cues and she took the path around that I had picked out -- a path that lead off the trail briefly, then curved back to the trail. Zora followed. It is so neat when something like that happens. I like to think at those times that Divna trusts me -- I hope she knows I would never ask her to do anything that would hurt her. She is such a good trail horse! I am so happy (and fortunate) to have her in my life....

5 comments:

Pony Girl said...

What great news! Crossing water can be so tricky! I had a horse refuse, but I don't blame him, it was a ditch with a road on the other side and it looked weird. But then the two horses behind him spun and refused too. We tried for 20 minutes then had to give up. The horse's won, but I think something about it was really troubling for them and it felt unsafe.

John and Regina Zdravich said...

Sometimes I think the horse can sense when something is too unsafe for them, which is a whole different thing than just being nervous to try something. I am so proud of our Girls for conquering their fear of the water. It was an amazing breakthrough, and does a lot for the rider's confidence as well!! Happy Trails!

HorseCrazy said...

Hi! just wanted to drop in and say hi. Yes the halter does fit and we had the best time with her (see latest blog entry) I totally need your opinion : My parents think I shouldn't be on blogging websites like this. They think I shouldn't be talking to total strangers (like you) and I want to stay on the website. Should I A: lie and say I don't go on and I do, B:Try to prove my blog is safe, or C: other. If you can tell me your opinion I would truly appreciate that Thanks!

ps~(and yes this winter was killing me just as badly)
-Liz

HorseCrazy said...

Hi again! thanks for the advice and I will talk to my parents. If anything I hope they say yes. Because one of my favorite things here is talking to you! You are truly very nice and I appreciate it.
Right now my school is in the middle of ISATs (Illinois Standard Achievement Tests) And I have taken 5 out of 8 tests and can barely make i through. I still have to write 1 persuasive essay, 1 narrative essay, and 1 math test each in 55 minutes fast.
I know this seems werid but my sister is really into real estate. Can you explain your job a bit more for her sake?

HorseCrazy said...

thanks for the advice I'll pass it on to my sis.