I had another great ride on Chrome!! We went down a dead end road where he's never been before and he did great. There isn't much to say so I'll let the pictures and videos say it for me. :D The ride was an hour and a half... well that's how much time I was in the saddle. I walked the last half mile home because I was about to freeze to death and had to warm up. I forgot to look at the clock when I got home, but we were booking it, so it wasn't much longer. The distance we covered was 4.75 miles. :D
Hubby came along on the bike.
Gawking at the neighbor horses.
Gawking at the cows.
This is why we can't walk a straight line LOL!
We've been on this part of the road only once!
We've never been on this road and he's never seen those horses before..... and he's on the buckle!!!!!
Even when the horse trotted after him he didn't move! I love this horse!
Here is the video. It shows an adorable foal and the little pony that I have a picture of him sniffing noses with on our July fourth ride (you will also see how he likes to just stop randomly, but he was quick to walk on this time yay). It also shows him standing on the buckle without budging (taken right after the last photos above). It's not very long so I hope you can watch it! Sorry it's shaky. Hubby took it while riding the bike. :)
I know I didn't write much, but it's because he was so good! It was freezing cold and windy and he was perfect! I love that I can jump on this horse no matter the day or weather or temperature and he's always the same, reliable horse. :D Oh I almost forgot to mention on the way home when going by the pasture with the mules and the foal and pony we trotted! At one point we were trotting and hubby was riding his bike next to us so close we could have held hands. It was the coolest thing ever! I wish I had a video of it. Chrome is not bothered by the bike at all! We trotted over half a mile all combined (in the grass, not on asphalt). Another great ride! I'm so happy we have finally conquered our fear and we're able to get out and enjoy ourselves. I'm also so very grateful for hubby for coming along and taking pictures. :D
P.S. I forgot to mention when we were about a mile from home he balked after passing the last of the neighbor horses (that he's seen a million times). He did not want to go, so I popped him on the neck with my reins and he jumped in the air he was so startled. He did not balk again, so I'm hoping I got my point across and he will stop doing that. I'm still going to try the clicker training, but it was way too cold to hold a clicker for this ride. :/ That's my only complaint though. He was perfect for everything else!
P.P.S. I also forgot to say we got in 18.49 miles on the road this month! That doesn't include how far we went on rides in the yard since I have no way of tracking that. I'm so proud of him! I hope we can keep up the progress during Coldvember as they are calling next month!