Day 96 Tuesday
Time to take the favourites out around Roode Bloem. Ashley and I rode Mercury and Liberty on this 20km loop. The best part about this route is the long canter towards home on verge of the road, as long as you avoid the aardvark holes of course!
Favourties ridden and next to take the youngsters out. Ashley and I set off with Platinum and Obelix for a trip around Red Valley camp. We possibly spent a fair amount in walk, I guess we talk too much. But both boys behaved themselves!
After lunch we rode Nile and Kanadhar 18kms up the road. Working mostly at an extended trot or collected canter. Nile still needs to work on his canter leads, he still prefers his left leg and is very stubborn about changing leads. After Kandahar disappeared out of sight, we eventually cantered along on the correct leg, which I had been asking for, and caught up with Ash and Kandahar.
Fourth horse of the day: Ibis. A quiet ride out around the track, going a few times around before coming back home.
With Bob, Laura, and Lucy all out for the evening Ashley and I were left to fend for ourselves. So time for pizza and yes it was homemade and yes Ashley did help out in the kitchen. Nothing like chilling in the evening with a Savannah and a slice of pizza.
Day 97 Wednesday
Lucy and I decided to ride out Kandahar and Liberty together round Roode Bloem. I stuck close beside Kanadhar, head to head most of the distance. Neither of us were taking it slow so it was a fast ride round. Liberty is definitely a fast little pony when she wants to be, roll on our next ride together!
Time to take out Obelix. Off we went towards the track and this time looking for some trees to jump over. After he successful went over some very low trunks of trees (which were more like trotting poles) the previous week, this time we were going to find a tree to properly jump. We successfully found a few trees, which Obelix flew over in canter without hesitation. Not bad for a little horse, when its only his second time actually jumping anything. This definitely kept his mind occupied and focused on the job so he was much better behaved.
After lunch I hopped onto Rafiki and we headed off into Red Valley. Schooling as we went with a light trot and light canter without him being too long and flat. Definitely improving and has a comfy canter when he's not pulling.