I have recently, reluctantly, discovered TikTok, and this blog title is the name of a popular song on The TikTok. It also sums up today’s ride, Tarma and I’s first solo adventure. I heard my best friend’s voice in my head, “Just ride the horse!” I’ll let the photos and videos speak for themselves.
My favorite moment, which gave me the giggles, came towards the end of the ride. We stopped at the top of a big hill and I was letting her graze and catch her breath, except she didn’t want to stop. She’d grab a bite and try to keep walking down the trail. Finally I let her keep going…and she promptly stopped 50 yards away and took a five minute grazing break. “I wanted to eat here, not over there lady!” Yes boss mare, whatever you say!
We do have some further discussions to have, some kinks to adjust, and many wet saddle pads in our future. We are much farther into building our partnership than our arena work reveals. Tarma loves her job as trail horse, it’s just putting up with me and my occasional input she has to learn!
I’m also thrilled to report that I’m finalizing my new trailer build. I’m purchasing a custom built Double D trailer, similar to the one my best friend has. They are amazingly solid, well built, quality trailers, with several things going for them above other makers. They have the patented, fully enclosed, swing out rear tack; reverse facing (side load and rear unload); fully insulated; ramps; lightweight; rumbar flooring; and I’m ordering an extra large dressing room to camp in. The downside is it won’t be here until October, but the upside is I’ll probably never need another trailer. Plus, Tarma prefers my friend’s Double D, so I’m hoping it will cut out 90% of our hauling stress.