From racing to riding... the training diary of an off the track Standardbred

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Three Musketeers

Yesterday Mom, Mary-kate, and I went down to HHF for a trail ride together. It was broiling outside so we went early in the am.

We tacked up quicjly and off we went! We did a LOT of walking with some trotting on the wider paths. about half way through the trails Elsa was t-i-r-e-d! After that, she didn't trot anymore. Kaite and Jet were ready to go! In the last field, we decided to take one sode and canter while Mom went on the other. I was infront and Mary-Kate was behind me. Jet was ready to go and as soon as I asked he shot off! It took a few strides to get the canter but he got it. No kicking at all! I really focused on sitting, supporting, and lifting him up and I think he was glad I did.

After the trail ride, we decided to go swimming. Elsa was happy to be the first one in and Jet was right behind her. Katie actually went in this time too! Elsa was splashing away and getting herself and Mom soaked! It was hilarious! She wanted to roll but obviously, Mom didn't let her. Elsa was hesitant to get out of the water since she liked it so much! Mom went to go hose Elsa off and Mary-Kate and I stayed back. Jet was having a fit but I tried to work him through it. Mary-kate got Katie all the way across the river! Once I saw that it wasn't too deep, I went all the way across as well. Jet is a funny horse. When I asked him to go in the water, he refused to do it. He was side-stepping, backing up, and even "reared" (lifted his front legs a few inches off the ground) but when I let him have a loose rein he decided to go in himself! Gotta love him!

Anyways...I don't feel well AT ALL but I am going to try to force myself to hop on Jet today. The meds have kicked in so I'm feeling a bit better, thank gosh!

-Emily and Jet