On Saturday my barn friends and I trailered to a trail super close by and had a fabulous time. I had to work in the morning, so they took my horse and rode him until I got there. By the time I arrived, he was lathered up and calm as could be, happy to follow along with no antics. My friend Gary, who rode Baron until I got there, said he was a perfect gentleman. He had no idea where the barn was, so he couldn’t run back to it!
I’m lucky to have a friend with a trailer, and lucky that he loves my horse almost as much as me. These little outings are slowly turning Baron into a calm, reliable horse I can have fun with. The more experience he has with trail riding, trailering, and being exposed to different environments, the more well rounded he becomes. I was so proud of him on Saturday. Gary’s two horses, Brooke and Rumble, both had little episodes of cow kicking and bucking, but not Baron. He was cool as a cucumber.
So I’m not thinking of switching to Western Pleasure or anything, but I did enjoy trail riding in a Western saddle. I did buy a Western bridle with a curb chain, which Baron wore on Saturday and did very well in. I bought it specifically for trail riding, and now I’m thinking I want a Western saddle too. Nothing fancy, just something to beat around the trails on. I’ve been looking on Craig’s List for a cheap one, but haven’t found the right one yet. Will keep you posted.