Last week I dreamed of riding. In the dream, I felt so carefree and happy. The next day, I awoke determined to ride by the end of the day. Paul was happy to watch the boys for me in the evening while I rode Phoenix. Afterwards, I tacked up Pierce's pony and decided to see how she handled being ponied behind Phoenix. Previously, I've always just led her on the ground. She seemed to do just fine, so I yelled up to the house for Pierce to go get his helmet and come join me.
Pierce is finally at the point that he balances well enough that he can ride along behind me without me worrying so much about him randomly toppling off.
In fact, he really seemed to enjoy himself. Of course, his current fascination is Little House on the Prairie, Season One, so we have been talking about horses a lot recently. Not to mention our trip to Chincoteague!
After several trips around the arena to see how he did, we then headed down the driveway, along the old road, and then cut over into the large pasture.
After that, Cort and Reid, who had been watching from the porch, begging for a ride. They're so tiny, they don't stay on very well, so I kind of have to lead the pony AND hold on to them!
Luckily, Harriet is a pretty lazy pony, so she doesn't object to much of anything. As you might notice from her immense belly, her biggest concern just seems to be where her next meal is coming from.
After the boys all had a little walk around, I decided to put a bridle on Harriet to see what she'd do. When I tried her out (when I was 4 months pregnant with the twins) the lady I bought her from said that she didn't do well in a bridle. It did make her a little grumpy, although she wasn't really bad in it. I think I may start looking around for a used hackamore for her. Pierce will soon be at the point he doesn't need to be on a leadline anymore.