Entering 2009 she put in the necessary energy, but the problem was instead that she turned a bit deaf when I asked her to slow down, or make a half halt.
I decided to ride her bareback out on trail for the first time.
But today was the day.
When we came down to the creek, the water level was quite high.
I just placed my legs as high up the sides of Fame as I managed, and out we went.
She almost had to swim, and before we reached the other side I was wet both on my legs and on my bum , the water flowed up along her back...
It looked suspiscius if you get my meaning. Hehum. Luckily we started out early, so there were few people out.
When we got to the other side Fame got a little wild, being proud of herself and letting the tension go. I told her to behave and she did. At least a bit.
We rode up a small gravel road, Heikampen - a very nice riding road, no cars - but we cannot use it in winter time as it is ski paths there then.
People don't get very happy if you ride in them, to put it mildly.
It winds up a about 3 kms, with a steady climb.
During WWII they dropped supplies to the resistance on the top.
Along the way, we have some waterfalls.
Depending on how much water there is further up, they are either small or more powerful.
Can be interesting as it is a steep drop on the other side.
If the horse shies, you might suddenly find yourself uncomfortably close to that side.
Fame used to be quite tense when passing them earlier, but today it was not a problem.
Nice, as I was riding bareback!
We had some canter sessions on the way up.
She was really a good girl, no shying, no speed increase, just working in a nice outline and ready to take a transistion down whenever asked.
When we got to the top, I jumped off and walked down beside her.
Then it's party time for Fame.
We take poo-smelling stops, and grass-eating-stops when there is grass available.
A bit early in the season, but she tried her best!
The snow is almost gone now, and the springflowers are coming up, one by one.
And the trees are soon to burst out too - the buds are swelling.
Springtime is lovely!