Yesterday the kids wanted to ride the horses. We waited until after dinner when the temperatures dropped from over 100F to the 80s. It was a race to beat the setting sun, but we made it. Chris wondered what it would be like to sit on a horse bareback and that got me thinking. Jackson is very comfortable bareback and he is very sensible, always anxious to please. So while Brett tacked up Flash, I got Jackson out and brought him to the tie rail. He was beside himself with happiness.
The kids rummaged around until they found helmets that fit, and we took Jackson to the mounting block. Drew, being the oldest, was up first. Jackson could feel that Drew was a bit off balance so he walked slowly and calmly. As Drew straightened up and gained confidence, Jackson started walking faster pulling me along and wanting to trot. I firmly told him no, that my poor foot wasn't up to jogging, and he needed to be good. He settled for me. He's so good, always wanting to please.
Rachel took her turn next. She and Jackson had already bonded when we gave him a bath the other day and she sat up nice and straight, well balanced and perfectly aligned. But she is timid and was worried that Jackson would try to trot with her. I explained to Jackson and he walked slowly and calmly for her.
Last up was Chris. His seat wasn't the straightest but that kid is brave. He was scratching Jackson on the withers and telling me that someday he wants to ride well enough to gallop. Jackson had his ears flicking back and forth on Chris the whole time. I'm sure he was trying to figure Chris out. Hmmm, wants to go fast but doesn't feel secure back there. I better just walk along nicely.
Meanwhile, Winston was busy trying to get some attention. He tried synchronized rolling with Tuffy first.
When that didn't work, he raced around the pasture bucking and demonstrating airs above ground. His extended trot was a sight to behold. I told him I was impressed and promised to ride him soon. My foot is markedly better. It's not an empty promise. My goal is Sunday. Fingers crossed.
While Winston was entertaining us, Brett brought Flash out. The kids practiced steering on their own and Andrew even did a bit of trot work.
We got it all done before the sun set. A perfect evening.