I took a chance on the weather today and I am so glad that I did. We loaded Tarma up and went to our favorite nearby state park, Milo McIver. There are a series of obstacles built by the North Valley chapter of Oregon Equestrian Trails, of which yours truly is somehow currently the VP of Field Services.
I had no idea how Tama would do as this was our first official outing in which I did not take her either to the farrier or to the vet to get drugged up and her teeth done, so I can understand why she was a little hesitant to load up. She trailered just fine and I am so glad that I finally got my trailer camera figured out as it is such a relief to know how my driving is for her. She popped off the trailer with a few big snorts and a really big shake and then we were off to the races.
I also once again used my spawn as a guinea pig; he rode her while I led her. Even though they were sadly no other trailers in the parking lot when we got there, I went ahead and threw Kade up on her because she was so calm. She was definitely alert and not quite sure about everything, but not spooky in any way. She was pretty cool throughout the whole thing. The only struggle we had was with the balance beam, which I’m starting to think that’s me because Flash couldn’t figure it out with me either. Other than that she was perfect. I did discover how far I have to go to get fit again, because walking the meadow loop around McIver took the breath right out of me for a little while.
I can’t wait until I get her rear Renegades ordered as I think a few more outings like this and she’ll be good for me to ride!