Monday, June 13, 2011

Trail Time

Louie and I went on a wonderful trail ride yesterday with a few of our barn friends.  We just went to a nearby regional park, but got probably 3 hours of riding in, which was a blast.  Louie was a little off at the walk, but he doesn't seem to be in much pain with his head-nodding/short striding, and he was happy and excited to be out cruising the trails. 

Louie much prefers being the fearless leader, though he followed willingly as well.  He plowed through tight wooded trails that at times were almost too narrow to pass safely.  One thing I noticed that was quite interesting was his ear position.  When Louie was out front his ears were always forward.  When he was the back horse his ears were almost always back (listening).  I think this could be partly his display of preference for the front, but I really think it's herd instinct and he was watching/listening to protect the herd from his position in the group.

We did manage to snap a few photos and videos, in these two videos you can see his ear position, and also his subtle head-bobbing, which persisted at the walk for the entire trail ride (didn't warm up out of it like I expected). Well, overall it was a great time and I'm looking forward to the next time we get to go out trail riding! Perhaps next weekend?

Checking out the view.

Louie felt like a saddle seat horse!

Our riding buddies.

Louie had fun walking through this field of lush green goodness!

Back at home in front of the pack.

Taking a break at the trailer.  3 hours is a lot of riding for poor baby Louie.

Sweating away the pounds!

My pretty boy.

The world always looks better through the ears of a Saddlebred.

And finally, the videos:
Leading the way.

Bringing up the rear- and trotting!


  1. Hi Leah,

    I had a chance to catch up with your blog. I am glad Louie is doing well. The trail ride looks like a blast. You can tell that horses and riders are enjoying themselves. It is nice to see all the hard work pay off with a great trail ride.


  2. What fun! Your Louie is such a handsome boy on the trail!! Or anywhere, for that matter! I love how when my gelding is leading in front, those ears are totally perked up, looking for predators. When he's in back, he's started this bad habit of sticking his head and nose in the tail of horse in front of him. I think it's to help with flies. But I want him to see where he's going, like stepping over logs and rocks! ;-) Then again, it's nice to just relax and follow and not have to always be the trailblazer.
    Hope you are able to get some more rides in on your boy!