Joining me for the ride were Bruce and Betty Reed and Mariann Deering along with her friend Mike.
Bruce and Betty had been taking care of Zapa for me, ponying him on the trails of their beautiful 55 acre ranch in
After that I was unloading stuff from the trailer and decided to organize a little more now that I have three horses to take care of again (it has been 18 months). I unloaded a bunch of stuff from the trailer-which had not been touched since mid August, recycled the several empty bottles of cowboy magic, cleaned out my brush caddy (which was full of hair-GROSS). I also cleaned up the stalls so the looked sparkly new. Nesting, I would call it, since winter is about to settle in here (the blankets are being repaired as I type).
I then saddled up Fella and took him for a ride. Fella is really starting to give to the bit, and (thankfully) starting to gait. He is also discovering that he has lots of speed at that gait so a couple of times I just held on (well, not literally). I have the sounding board set up in the arena so I actually got to hear him gait over that. Pretty cool. The sounding board is used in Paso Fino shows to help judges and audience hear the cadence of the footfall.