So Lots of Places to Ride
The corn is harvested...well nearly as the harvesting machine was still working way out at the other end of the farm. This opens many more places to trail ride as I now can go down the corn rows and cut across the fields.
So I took Chance out. The ride was not spookless. A flight of blackbirds flew up from around the tractor trailer parked at the farmhouse. Chance was already just a little worried about the trailer and the birds startled him. But it was just a jump and then he settled right down again.
Then, out by the pumpkin patch, there was someone trimming around the Christmas trees and a big blue tarp covering some kind of equipment. That all required a few trotting steps and a wide berth, but we got by just fine. To my surprise, he noticed the dead deer in the field, but he only gave it a glance of curiosity and kept right on going without a fuss.
All in all, I would say he gets high marks again for going out on the trail by himself, exploring new lands.
I did notice, this year, that the corn harvester seemed to have missed more ears than last year. I'm not sure if that's because the drought affected the height of the cornstalks or if the machine was just less efficient than last year.
So, I went out for a bit of a scavenger hunt after I fed the Boys.
I quickly filled my jacket pockets with missed ears and then stuffed a bunch more into the front of my jacket after I tucked its hem into my breeches.
Much to my surprise, I heard Toby whinnying. This is what he does when I take one of the other horses out on a trail ride. He calls and calls to them.
But the other two Boys were right there in the paddocks with him! I am flattered to think it, but I actually think he was calling for me!
As I came up the woods trail, there he was at the gate, watching intensely for me to appear.
I guess I am officially one of the herd at last.
Since I gave him an ear of corn once I got back, I have a feeling he will be keeping an eye out for me next time too.
Bribery has its value.