But It Was A Nice One Anyhow!
Went to church, sang, went out to lunch with my choir friends, came home, read my emails, suddenly felt tired, lay down, fell asleep, and woke up to realize it was nearly feeding time!
Kind of let the best part of the day slip through my fingers. Fed the Boys, waited an interval, then headed out to ride, well past 5 PM.
Fortunately, it was still nice out. I took everyone out on the short trail, starting with Chance. He is the easiest as he loves to hack out. I am ever impressed with his nice forward bouncy walk and eager attitude on the way out. If I hadn't intended on riding at least Tucker, I might have taken a longer route to let him explore a little more, but sunlight was fading. We had a super ride.
I was hesitant about taking Tucker out as he is still unpredictable on the trail and hasn't been out in a while. But I took a deep breath and out we went. Aside from one little scoot in the spot where his strange, "lose the shoe almost bolt" episode took place, he was a really good boy! I was as pleased as could be and told him so. I think he was happy to have so much praise lavished on him.
When I approached Toby, he practically put his head into the lead rope so I brought him in. By then it was nearly dark, so I knew our ride would end up well past sunset. I've ridden the woods trail in the almost dark before and Toby knows it well, so we were fine. We too had a really good ride.
I am wondering if Toby likes the new Excel saddle and that's why these two days he has actually seemed to want to be ridden. Not sure whether that might be part of it, or whether he is just in an accomodating mood. Either way, as long as he wants to be ridden, I will do so. He has nothing to prove and can make up his own mind as long as I keep him in work enough to stay healthy and sound.
All and all, it would have been better to ride in the sunlight, but when you have three good horses, it doesn't seem to make much difference. I love my Boys. I am so lucky to have them.