|Sarge... in front again!|
When a horse isn't first in line on a wooded trail, they'll normally relax and relinquish the role of herd "protector" to the horse in front. Sarge has such a big stride that we've fallen into the habit of letting him be out in front. As a result, while Cloud isn't spooky or flighty, she's young lacking in experience in the role of trail breaker ..... aka "First One Eaten."
When in the lead she'll often stop in her tracks to do a double take on anything that looks a little odd such as a fallen tree or a big boulder that could attack her at any moment. No spook or whirling around, she merely feels the need to stare and assess the situation for a few seconds ( or minutes!) before moving forward.
Practice makes perfect and by the end of the morning she was willing to smoothly gait on past most scary stumps etc with just an attentive ear and sideways glance given to the possible threats out in the "wilds" of the Middlebrook Hunt grounds!
|View of a neighboring farm taken after coming out of the woods.|
There are a few ribbons given out at the end of the day, but since it's not possible to try to figure out what an "optimum" time is, getting a ribbon is strictly lagniappe! (See I still remember the Louisiana lingo!) It's a chance to have access to private trails which are usually only open to the Hunt Club members (which we aren't) and land owners.
|Beautiful field we entered after several miles in the woods.|