New Improved Aero?
Why do I always end up with the filthy horse? Usually it’s Flurry who has plastered himself in muck, but today it was Aero.
He even made sure he got it all over his face, too.
Not only did I have the dirtiest horse, but I also had to fit twice as many hoofboots as the LSH… moan… grumble… but eventually I was ready and we set off, walking through the lavender field across the road from the farm. Our plan was to do this loop :
|Aero’s happy ears in front!|
|The scrub oak woods|
We put Flurry in front to find our trail, and despite the fact that we both know he’s good at finding his way, I have to confess that, once again, we doubted him, saying that “worst case, we make our way to the road and follow it home.” Eventually I recognised the place where the track Flurry was following veered off to the right and Flurry most emphatically veered off to the left. We are now calling him “our little homing pigeon.”
|No, LSH, not that way!|
We passed close by some hunters at one stage, we heard gunshots from some distance away and then saw a large black dog at the far end of a field, and then further on we could hear a clochette ringing nearby – hunters put bells on their dogs so that they can track them. We talked extra-loudly, just to be sure they wouldn’t think we were deer.
When we got to the top of the last ascent near the farm, we dismounted and let the horses graze. We also removed their bits – it’s easy to do with the Micklem bridle, and it’s something I want to get into the habit of doing when they are given permission to graze. I got lazy and sat on a log, and Aero was checking me out for carrots rather than grazing at first, but he got the idea eventually!
After about ten minutes, we carried on home.
I spent some quality time with Flurry, brushing the sweat patches off his face,
|Aww, no mum, not behind my ears!|
|**smooch** well alright so…|
|but only if you brush my ‘tache as well!|
Afterwards, we visited our local hostelry and enjoyed a couple of these in the sun!
2013 is looking pretty good so far.