The weather was absolutely beautiful this weekend, so we dragged the ponies out again. Ash rode Tonto all by herself again! Her legs are getting so long!!
I rode Scout in the Michael Stokes Centaur Dressage saddle, which I love, love, love...
A closer view:
And of course a photo outside in the sunlight:
My oldest child was sweet enough to snap some photos of me on my Scout pony:
Scout was fantastic - this is the 4th time I've ridden him in a year!!
Here's a link to a video D made of us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9x-H3-TilQ&list=UUwvBQqn_1wdRHFKA6FbuBPg
Not a spectacular ride, but okay after so many months off. We are both stiff and out of shape. I did notice he seemed a lot happier in this video than he did in previous videos that were taken over a year ago. He seems to go well in the dressage saddle and I put him in a hollow mouth loose ring snaffle he seems to like.
Tonto behaved very well for Ash:
Ash had a friend over who had never ridden before, so we put her up on Scout (aren't they cute???):
I think I could have lengthened her stirrups a few holes, poor kid! This is almost jockey style! She did great though. We worked on turning and stopping on the lunge.
After riding, we played beauty shop and I butchered Tonto's mane:
Scout loves to stand with his feet on the concrete. I guess it makes him feel taller. :) My beloved pony of the past, Buck, used to stand like this on the end of a bridge at my childhood home.
These photos are funny - they make Scout look thinner than he actually is:
The flash on the camera makes Tonto's eyes bug out:
This is one of my favorite views:
....and a little inspiration from the past:
Another wonderful weekend spending time with the ponies, watching my daughter and her friend ride, and doing some spring cleaning around the barn. I am loving this spring-like weather!