Gus went on his first trail ride yesterday and he handled it really well. I made it a mission to just keep it relaxed and to let us both enjoy it. There were moments that Gus certainly didn’t but he kept a good brain. He wasn’t very confident on the water crossings, but leg and a light tap with the crop convinced him to go on. Good baby. The only really scary moment was a huge bolder that had a lost shoe and pad sitting on the top. Very scary.
It was a good experience for both of us and I think really helped build confidence. The barn manager was shocked that I would take a green baby thoroughbred on the trail so soon but my thought is more, why not? Gus has not put a foot wrong in the arena and he’s supposed to be my event horse. I want to get out of the arena as quickly as possible to see if the good attitude would hold. Thankfully it did.
We’ll make a XC machine out of him yet!