Neville loves the Lik-It

August 23, 2020

Today I took Simon out for a trail ride with Carol Ann. I put Neville in the woods paddock like I usually do when I leave him home alone. The paddock was prepped with two full hay barrels and a nearly new Lik-It hanging from a tree. I also left his halter on which is typical for when I leave him home alone.

When I got home he had green all over his face and his halter, even up on his eye lids. He had nearly finished the Lik-It, and wrapped it around a tree. Simon licked Neville’s nose a few times then trotted over to the Lik-It to go right to the source.

Red Horse Equine Training: 2nd Game Night

July 12, 2020

Jenny and I both headed back to Red Horse Equine Training’s second Game Night where Amanda had new obstacles and games for us to play.

We started off with the pairs timed challenge taking turns going over obstacles. Jenny and I teamed up again and cruised the course.

Then we did the simon-says follow-the-leader game. I really enjoy both of these games.

Last we did musical obstacles. We all rode around the outside of the obstacles while music played. There were tall cones in the middle. When the music stopped we had to go through an obstacle and reach a cone. The last person was out. This was also tons of fun.

Neville – Summer Time

August 19, 2020

Just a few shots of Neville to capture him as he is growing.

We went for a walk one Sunday afternoon in July.

It is not easy to take photos of him without help.

But I attempted to take some in August.

He loves to follow me around the field. I snapped these in August when he stopped for a nibble.

Red Horse Equine Training: 1st Game Night

July 6, 2020

On Thursday I met Jenny for a game night hosted by Amanda Brunson in Louisa, VA. It was a little bit of a drive but doable, especially with little else going on. and I always have fun with Jenny who spoke highly of Amanda, so I gave it a go.

I arrived my usual, way-too-early, but had time to leisurely groom and tack Simon, reply to some messages and then wonder to the ring nice and early.

Amanda had all sorts of obstacles set up in the indoor which I was able to check out in advance while chatting with her.

When everyone was ready Amanda explained the first game. It was a pairs course with multiple obstacles. The two riders took turns with each completing an obstacle back and forth until all obstacles had been completed by one of the two riders. To start an obstacle the rider began from behind a basket, rode into a square of cones at the center, and then to the chosen obstacle. Each obstacle was paired with a ring or ball which the rider retrieved after navigating the obstacle. The rider then carried the ring or ball back to the starting point basket and deposited it signaling the next rider to go.

Obstacles included crossing over some flower boxes, crossing a bridge, walking over noodles, weaving through baskets, pushing a large ball, and using a pulley to retrieve a stuffed animal. Jenny and I started off, and thoroughly enjoyed the course. We than cheered on the other pair, Elizabeth and Anna. We took a second round of the course, speeding up our time, laughing the whole way. We both very much enjoyed this game and it played well for Jenny and I with our Mounted Games background.

The next game was similar to that electronic game “Simon” with lights that light up requiring the person playing it to hit the buttons in the same order, adding a new one each time. We lined up and started over the obstacles with rider one picking an obstacle, editing it in anyway they wished. After the last rider completed the obstacle they added another, and the circle continued. This was also a lot of fun.

The final game for the night was sort of an equine version of basketball horse. One rider selected one of two obstacles and added a twist. Each rider then took the challenge to do the same thing. We were all laughing and cheering each other on. Jenny managed a double MGAA Games style obstacle by “hoopla-ing” a tall cone, then dismounting and going through a hula hoop. Anna upped the challenge by putting the hoop over her horses head. And later Elizabeth upped the bridge obstacle, which was modified by crossing it twice in a figure eight, by taking off her bridle for it.

One challenge was to back a course through the cones. Jenny had just taught her pony, Seven to back, and the skill was stronger on the ground. So Jenny smartly dismounted and backed her with hand signals and cues. Very clever.

In the end we all won a prize and left with big smiles. Amanda has set a standing Thursday night game night date and I am excited to go to the next one. It was really a good time.

*Thank Amanda for hosting and sharing the photos and video.

Trail Report/Training Neville – Old Mans Run

July 5, 2020

I was off Friday for Independence Day (July 3) and decided to shoot out early and take both ponies on a ride. This would be Neville’s first ponying trail ride so I picked a quiet location that had easy footing and no people.

Usually I tack up before heading to a near by location but I choose to tack at the location so Neville would have the experience of standing and waiting, which he did well.

Once tacked I climbed on Simon and grabbed Neville’s lead and off we went. He looked around a bit and did quite a bit of licking and chewing but was completely ok with everything and trusting.

The creek crossing was mostly dried out but we stopped for a drink and for daisy to cool off.

When we were passing the side trail that passes under the power lines We took the side trail and rode out under them. They are loud and sort of spooky. Neville didn’t care.

We got in some trotting but mostly walked. After the initial trot Neville got the hang of it and we moved out at a good working trot. I kept the trot sessions short but we did quite a few.

We ended up going further than I planned but Neville handled it well and seemed to enjoy the adventure. The bugs were getting worse by the time we got back to the trailer and all of us were ready to call it a day.

I am looking forward to getting Neville out on some more rides and build some muscle on him.

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