Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Kaylee Ride #2

 We had a crazy busy day yesterday, and my little energizer bunny STILL wanted to go ride! That's my girl!  It was a nicer day, in the low 40s, which compared to the teens we've been seeing was positively balmy.

After I got the stalls cleaned, she was still very insistent on riding, and even more insistent that we use Gwyn's new to us pink biothane bridle with rhinestones. I'm using a hackamore with it and needed to rig up a curb chain because the one that came with it was not big enough.

We had the necessities, helmet, bridle and 'reins'.  I tossed Kaylee up bareback and we did a walk through the pasture.  Gwyn was patient and a very good girl and Kaylee was having fun chatting to me as I walked beside her. Every so often Gwyn would stop and give me this look of "Are you SURE, mom?" so I would have Kaylee thump with her heels and tell her "Walk on!" And veeeeeery reluctantly, Gwyn would start to walk again.

Kaylee wanted to go in the arena too and I was a little worried because Gwyn has been spooky in the arena lately. Well, I figured out why!  The deer are bedding down in the woods between our property and the one behind us!  We spooked the deer up and I watched Gwyn get antsy and start to dance. I had my hand on Kaylee's leg and when the spook got to be too much I made sure Kaylee slipped toward me and let Gwyn get her spook out in a tight circle.

Kaylee wasn't fazed in the slightest and insisted on getting back on. We did another circuit of the arena and then went back to the barn because she was getting cold (the clouds had arrived).

She rode for 0.57 miles!

Kaylee is riding!

She's ridden twice so far this month, both per her own request, which is awesome. I've got her participating in the Distance Derby with a goal of riding 6 miles this year. I figured that was a decent goal, as broken down it only means 1/2 mile a month. So far in January she's ahead of the game! I debated doing 12 miles, but for goal reaching I thought it'd be cool to definitely have something achievable. If we do our hikes this summer where I babywear Hazel and Kaylee rides Gwyn, then we'll definitely get some mileage in, but just farting around the pasture is small change. It just so happens to add up!