I took MyLady on a ride through the neighborhood today, accompanied by a couple of my horsey friends and their humans. We've only cruised the neighborhood once before and that was exactly 1 year ago. It's sort of like a trail ride, but with a lot of strange and noisy things moving around; the kind of things that can worry a horse.
I had no problem passing the driveway culverts and the big green electrical boxes and the "house-for-sale" signs. The cars driving by me on the big road didn't bother me at all.
Then we turned onto one of the neighborhood side streets and I became distracted by all the activity on both sides of the street.
It was very windy on this street and there were flags flapping atop poles on both sides.
Humans were moving around in their yards. Some were traveling on their 2 legs, others were riding ATVs and noisy lawn mower machines.
There were horses on both sides of the street that caught my attention. One was running along his fence and calling to us. I've met him before. I think he wanted to join us.
I was pretty nervous as we left the street and rode into a big grassy field. When I get nervous, MyLady gets nervous. And when MyLady gets nervous, I get even more nervous. It's a vicious circle.
It wasn't so windy in this field and soon MyLady and I both began to relax and enjoy our ride. We circled a bunch of picnic tables. No big deal. Picnic tables don't eat horses.
Then we had to go back onto that street with all the busy humans. That's when I saw a REALLY, REALLY tall human, the tallest one I've ever seen, making a loud hissing noise as he spit white stuff onto the side of his house. I got nervous and MyLady didn't know why. Then she saw the really tall human too and said, "Oh Misty, it's just a man on a ladder spray painting his house." I was glad when we moved passed that scary, tall, spitting man.
The rest of the ride home was easy. The street we live on is much quieter. As we rode onto our home property, our next door neighbor came over and said he and his wife had seen us riding on the side of the road. They said from now on we don't have to ride on the road, but can pass through their property to get to the field behind us. That is so nice of them and gives us access to more riding area.
MyLady removed my saddle, brushed me, and turned me loose in my paddock. I was so glad to be home. I immediately found a spot in the sunshine, stood very still, cocked one back hoof and let my head down and my eyes got droopy. Mr. OnceUpon laughed at me because I got so sleepy, so quickly after getting home.
I've been a good mare during this holiday weekend.
Saturday I took my lady on a lovely trail ride through the pine trees
Sunday afternoon I rode in my rolling box to an arena where MyLady trotted me around orange cones and barrels. Whew, that was hard work.
Today we experienced strange sights and sounds in our neighborhood.
Tomorrow is my day off! Yippee!
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