On Sunday, we didn't have a lot of time because of the Superbowl and having to show Shasta to a potential leaser. Her one leaser of over two years bought her own horse over the summer. She continued to ride Shasta once a week when the barn owner's daughter would ride her horse and they would go out together on a trail ride. The barn owner's daughter moved last week so that has stopped. My long-term leaser (almost 3 years now) who had leased my previous horses Cinder and then Finnick, picked up the extra day a week on Shasta, but she's leaving to go to a lesson barn. So we had to meet with a new potential leaser at 1:00.
Because we were short on time, we just rode over to the winery/park by our barn. I tightened up the breeching straps and had some success with keeping the saddle from going down over shoulders. There were some angry ears going down hill, but I think she'll get used to the straps over time. She was certainly moving a lot more quickly and freely downhill.
We rode over to the winery to use the water fountain and then rode up to the view point. Shasta had a ton of energy so my husband took her to do another lap of the park. I stayed up top and took some pictures. When we first got Nilla we tried the whole Shasta going off while Nilla stayed behind and Nilla had a total meltdown. Luckily I had gotten off because she proceeded to rear and jump and spin all over the place. This time I hopped off as well, but Nilla was very good. She was very concerned and kept looking for Shasta and was even ignoring the grass, but there were no melt-downs.
It was actually a good opportunity for pictures as she had very pricked ears and a nice, alert expression.
We could see my husband at one point on his loop. Unfortunately, I only had my cell phone so my pictures are very tiny.
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We got back to the barn and still had time so we let them roll and get filthy before the potential leaser came by to do a test ride. She seemed to really like Shasta so hopefully that will work out and I can stop looking. I get a lot of responses for her, but it's annoying to wade through them all and correspond with everyone.
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