I took Annabel out for her first ride on Wednesday evening to Estrella Regional Park, which compared to Skyline looks so bland. However, my riding partner Andrea was having tack issues after getting a new saddle and my right knee was aching really bad. We just did a little 3 mile loop at a walk.
Yesterday, I took Annabel to Skyline alone. Annabel started out in a brisk trot up the hill for about a mile or two, and then suddenly decided she wanted to walk. I thought it was strange so I let her walk up the hill. Then going down the backside, she was really slow going down the hill and stopped a couple times on her own. I was wondering if something was bothering her. I decided to just finish on that loop instead of attempting the other. I know Annabel, I allow her to give me her opinion when it comes to the trail. She has absolutely no problem charging forward in a Standardbred trot, or navigating switchbacks by herself while I just hang on, and the fact that she wanted to walk was odd to me.
I decided to give her today off, and tomorrow I will ride with Andrea again. I suggested we just do somewhere flat with soft footing like a wash.
Here’s my one and only shot from yesterday’s ride. I love spring time in AZ.
On another note, Andrea suggested I swap out my western fenders for english stirrup leathers. But that’s one of things I love about my saddle is it’s versatility. I can either ride in a full on endurance look, or I can go out in boots, jeans, and a ball cap. I updated my Pinterest for my riding wishlist and added all of the Tucker Saddlery pieces that would go with my saddle. I kind of like the idea of riding her like a western horse with split reins. It makes me feel like I’m traveling somewhere in the Old West 200-300 years ago. I watch too much Hell on Wheels lol.