Queenie had been turned out all morning so she was much calmer than on Tuesday. She was happy to follow along behind Lily as we left the barn.
We went through the back woods, crossed the street NBD, and I was able to get these photos for you guys of the farm:
|The pond was partially frozen over.|
|Those are Lily's tracks from yesterday in the snow.|
Queenie accelerated when she saw the Percheron.
Then Lily caught sight of the 3 horses in the next field over. They all started prancing by their fence. I moved Lily even farther away from the road next to the fence line. She slowed her walk and I had to circle her a couple of times, but we continued forward.
Now, we ride between TWO fields full of horses on the way to the back woods every single time. On several occasions the horses have come cantering up to the fence and pranced along next to us on their side of the fences, and our horses have been just fine.
I was just thinking that we'd make it past these two fields when Queenie spun and bolted, making Lily spin in turn. Kathy yelled and I had a split second of holding my breath when I was afraid she would not be able to stop Queenie.
Chaos ensued. Both mares started spinning, backing, and twirling in the snow, probably resembling something out of the Swan Princess...
|The only thing Queenie and Lily were missing were the white tutus.|
|I would train her to do this shit on command but don't want to promote this kind of athleticism.|
The two mares, especially Queenie, were still somewhat "up" as we headed back. I gave Kathy an exercise in making Queenie stop, back up several strides, stop, then walk forward. I circled Lily in place each time Kathy did this so we wouldn't get ahead of them. It had the desired effect: Queenie stopped being so strong in the bridle and both horse and rider started to relax.
Once in the woods, both mares' heads went down. We did the full loop so as to not go immediately straight back to the barn. Kathy was finally able to laugh at the whole situation: she's getting some pretty major riding experience on these adventures of ours, and now she knows she can stick some of Queenie's scarier antics!
We made it safely home and ended the ride on a positive note.
Now sometime in the near future, we'll have to return to get the two mares past that point. Oh God.
We probably could have attempted to continue once we had the horses back under control, but I didn't want to tempt Fate. Kathy has a bad back due to a disk that likes to slip in and out. This is the reason why she wears a protective vest. It's also the reason why she uses a mounting block to get on AND off Queenie - the motion of swinging up or down from the saddle hurts. Dismounting while the mare was moving could have ended very, very badly. I'm just relieved we both made it back fine!
|Not fun when your horse decides to channel her inner figure skater...|