|I have already shared a cropped version on insta,|
but love it so had to share again
Distraction #1 was a horse & cart/carriage type thing before we even left the property as there is a carriage driving workshop at our yard this weekend. I had no idea how Nancy would react wih me on her back & not alongside her on the ground & I figured if Nancy freaked there'd be no saying how flighty Kika would handle it. I needn't have worried however as although Nancy did give them a wide berth and a bit of the hairy eyeball she didn't break stride, spin nor speed up. Thanks to that & K being inside N i cannot say if Kika even realised that we passed them lolz
Distraction #2 happened shortly thereafter where a digger came up behind us, so I pulled in to let them past again hoping they wouldn't freak, dump me and take off in different directions ploughing up the field of planted goods we had stopped alongside. Again I needn't have worried as my cool as a cucumber 5 yr old calmly watched the digger rumble by, again K was on the i her side of her and I cannot say if she questioned why we'd stopped other than to wonder why she couldn't stuff her face with the grass we were standing on.
|No post from me is complete without a blooper|
shot with K sticking out her tongue
Distraction #3 immediately after letting the digger passed we met the Guru walking her two gorgeous bearded collies and another yard friend with her french bull dog, so we stopped again for a quick chat. This all happened before we even reached the woods which are no more than a 20 minute walk from the yard!!!
|Under the motorway bridge we go|
Distraction #4 was meeting another yard person hand walking their horse on the trails - NBD said the girls.
#5 was about 5 minutes later when a cyclist passed us in a wonderfully slow gear as we were all going up hill. He seemed like a happy happy & exchanged some banter about my taking the animals for a walk - Admittedly he must have also just passed the fellow barnmate hand walking his horse then came upon me riding one & leading another. He rightly fully probably thought us cracked.
About 15 minutes later I met another rider, again on foot although her horse was tacked up. We came upon them after turning a corner so neither of mine saw them coming & their reaction was comical. Nancy stopped & stared then two minutes after K noticed and jumped. Again NBD and we carried on our merry way.
Distraction #7 has to have been the most inconspicuous of all the things we crossed paths with but got the biggest reactions from my windy weirdo horses. LEAVES started falling from the trees, I found it magical - Nancy less so so she jumped, which made Kika jump (despite my being sure she has no idea why she jumped other than because Nancy did) which made Nancy jump again.
They cracked me up, this was their biggest spook of the whole spin. Not the carriage driver, not the digger, not the cyclist coming from behind them but leaves falling from the trees. Such Silly Billies!!!!
A jogger overtook us without incident for distraction #8. Not so much as an ear flick for me either girl, to be honest I was probably more surprised than they were as i hadn't seen him coming. I was proud of myself for being Nancy stoic & not Kika spooky as i didn't jump when I saw him ;-)
Finally as we were almost home we crossed paths with our final distraction which again illicit ed an unusual & unwarranted (imo) response from Miss Nancy. A fellow livery was hand grazing her mare on the grass verge along the road we were walking on. Now maybe the mare was sending scary vibes Nancy's way, or perhaps it was the we're almost home effect - but N couldn't possibly walk passed her normally, she had to bulge and gawp was we stataco choppy walked passed with Kika looking at her dopey'ly.
The other mare did spin to gawk at us after we'd passed, but to my eye gave no reason for N to stare at her like that while we walked passed.
I cleaned their feet, applied Klausan blue spray, rugged Nancy back up and retraced our steps to their winter turnout. Refilled their water, hung two haynets and let them to their own devices for the afternoon.
|Kika demonstrating why she gets rugged|
|Nancy showing her brains and how to win the war with the haynets|
to stop it swinging away from her
means more scoffing time when pressed against her
Well done, Nancy & Kika! What good girls. And your pictures are beautiful, that looks like a gorgeous place to ride!ReplyDelete
They were great girls & I really and truly am blessed with where I keep themDelete
Sounds like such a nice, an interesting ride. What a beautiful place for a hack! The wooded pictures are making me swoon! :)ReplyDelete
It was just what I needed today, a real soul cleanser with lots of giggles on my part at their antics ☺Delete
Sounds like it was eventful! You always have some of the most beautiful pictures.ReplyDelete
Wow that is high praise for my phone pix!Delete
What a gorgeous spot to ride through!ReplyDelete
I am very lucky to be able to take advantage of the hacking open to us ☺Delete
OMG Nancy is so smart LOL!! That last picture is awesome! Also I LOVE Kika's plaid halter. I soooooo bad want a blue plaid halter for Chrome, but I can't find one. I found a checkered one last year and I totally should have bought it. It seemed overpriced, but come to find out after the fact it was a really good deal and now I can't find one like it anywhere. The spooking at the leaves totally cracked me up. It's so hilarious when one jumps, causing the other to jump which makes the original one jump. I've seen that happen although I can't remember who it was lol. So funny! I'm glad you had a great, although distracting, ride. That's a perfect way to spend a Saturday. :DReplyDelete
They are hula riots, they are like naughty children...One egging on the other. Bless them they are priceless. If i find a blue plaid halter I'll get your address and send a parcel your way ☺Delete
Awww you're awesome!!! Thanks!!Delete
I can but tryDelete
Clever Nancy! And such good girls, the woods look so lovely! :D <3ReplyDelete
If/when you pass through we'll go for a hack together ☺Delete
Beautiful trails! And what a good girl Nancy is! My normally flighty girl is the same when I bring her along, just soaks up all the good calm vibes from my Nancy twin :) Such a perfect pair you have!ReplyDelete
My pair mirror your two, perfection squared ☺Delete
I love the first pic and am so jealous of your beautiful trails!ReplyDelete
I love that pic too, they are such a cute pair. They make every day better ☺Delete
awesome pics - sounds like a great ride! your girls appear to be in good form too - and maybe only got a little silly bc they figured they'd been so good for everything else?? lol. isabel spooks at graffiti of all things, but not much else. funny horses. also - love that plaid halter!ReplyDelete
Oh don't talk to me about spray paint on the roads (arrows etc for bike/road races) that is deff the epitome of all things evil if you ask Kika and Nancy will also give it the hairy eyeball.Delete
The fact they hadn't been ridden since Wednesday may also have contributed to the spook factor *blush-bad-horse-mama*
I'm always so jealous of your hacks... and I love how you get to take both out at once :) and yes, I always put on rugs, mostly so I have less to groom ;)ReplyDelete
Laziness ftw ☺Delete
I really am uber lucky with the trails we have access to & am truly blessed that both girls get on well and allow me the luxury of ponying
That is quite the eventful ride!ReplyDelete
Ironic as i went out on a slightly wet & dreary day hoping to avoid meeting too many "spooky" things - figures that the thing they found the scariest (leaves falling) is not something I could in anyway predict roflDelete
Love the between the ears picture!ReplyDelete
I love them too, can be tricky to try and take one handed while leading another horse. Nancy is such a super star that I can momentarily loop the reins around my whip to snap photosDelete