He redeemed himself!! Chrome was such a good boy today. We went out on the road (hubby walked with the dog, but left Rocky at home because he was recovering from a migraine and didn't want to deal with the horse) for 22 minutes and 1.27 miles. I went the opposite direction from last time because I didn't want to deal with the neighbor horses being obnoxious again (they were in the far pasture and didn't see us today). Going this way there was only five other horses, but they were right where I turned around so I didn't have to walk along their fence lines (they are on opposite sides of the road from each other). They are older and calmer (and not barrel horses), so they probably would have been fine, but again I didn't want Jackal on the pavement for more than a mile.
I'm not used to how he looks in his bonnet anymore!
It sure helped with the gnats and mosquitoes though.
About 90% of the ride was on the buckle with his very forward, calm walk. He was so happy to be out. The only spooky spot we had was at one neighbor's house that has a pack of dogs he lets run loose (one reason we don't like going that way). Three of the really big, furry dogs came charging up the driveway, barking and growling. Chrome's head shot up, he swung his butt away turning to face them and then started backing up toward the ditch. I was shocked they scared him that bad, but I have to admit they are intimidating (hubby carries a walking stick and rocks because that's what it takes to keep them away... we've had to deal with them before). Luckily the dogs stopped before Chrome went in the ditch or decided he wanted to bolt. As soon as they stopped, he stopped.
Hubby told me to keep going while he guarded my back, throwing rocks at the dogs to keep them away. Chrome was very leery, but he kept going. Once he realized they weren't going to follow, he relaxed and turned his attention back to the horses up ahead.
Chrome and Jackal looking in the same direction hehe.
When we got to the turn around spot we stood still for a few minutes, just watching the horses. When we turned around I asked Chrome to trot. He launched into the trot and we pounded down the road. We only went until we caught up to hubby and Jackal, who turned around early, because I don't like to ride at speed on pavement. We only did one other trot, where we went ahead and came back to hubby, because I wanted him to go ahead of us for the evil dog pack. We made it by them easily, Chrome didn't even pay any attention to them that time even though they were still stalking and barking.
Leading him back to the pasture. He looks half asleep lol.
He went straight to the water. It's so fresh it still has bubbles from when I filled it before the ride.
Rocky was jealous that he didn't get to go so I fed him handfuls of grass.
You can see a piece sticking out of his lips lol.
I didn't really want to ride, but I'm glad I forced myself to go, because it was a lot of fun and nothing like the last ride. :D The other good news is I haven't had any nerve pain at all in my neck or shoulder since seeing the physical therapist!! So happy! Even the muscles aren't sore anymore. Yay!