Monday, August 12, 2019
The Final Photo Shoot & a Bunch of First Rides
The final photos are here, and we think they turned out quite special.
When a horse and human are connected, it's easy to bring that out in photos. There's just a softness and a tenderness between the two.
my daughter knew what she wanted. She had examples to give the photographer, her friend Britt Harvey. She knew what she wanted to wear...and for her husband to wear. LOL.
And about that smoke bomb...
Believe it or not, I am holding Cowgirl. I was about five feet out in front of her and asking her to stand quietly.
I'm in the process of scheduling my own photo-shoot, and I'm thinking it will be more towards the beginning of September, because I love fall.
There has been another theme this summer, and it's "First Trail Rides." I've had the pleasure of going on three "first trail rides" with three different 11 year olds. When I say "first," I mean in two cases a true first time on actual trails, and one who had done a (one) short trail ride before that, so in many ways, it was also like her first as there was so much to learn about sitting back, leaning forward, staying centered, and trusting your horse not to fall off steep hills.
It is a bit scary leading kids on "first trail rides" because there's so much responsibility to keep them safe, and I'm the only adult there to make that happen. I want it to be fun for them, but also a little bit challenging--but not too challenging. All three had clinics and lessons and lots of arena riding time ahead of this.
All three rides worked out very well with only one mishap with a sliding saddle. Thankfully, I had anticipated that possibility, and I had told the rider ahead of time, if for any reason she felt the saddle slipping, to tell me immediately. And she did. It was slipping because she was leaning away from the drop-offs--a very common thing for green riders to do. Once we figured that out, and talked about it, she knew to stay center to keep her saddle centered, AND to help her horse stay balanced.
The other theme is keeping Cowboy going, as I wrote about before, and today I'm doing a solo ride with him. We had rain for the last couple of days and a major, much-needed cooling off. Today, it's sunny and in the 70's. This has been the greatest summer I can remember for moderate temperatures and healthy pastures. I'm so thankful for that because it's giving me many opportunities for trail rides with my boy.
So, off I go!
Happy Trails to you all!