I'm happy to report that Friday evening was the day Laz joined back in with the herd.
Pito joined Tinkerbelle on Thursday with no issues and here is how Laz reacted to joining in
Whew! What good ponies!
Saturday, the weather was heaven. 50 degrees, sunny, low wind.
I grabbed my pony, cleaned him up and decided to ride.
He was game from the get go
So...we ambled down the road and tried for our 2nd attempt for the trails
Heading down the mowed path on the private property to get to the trail system
It was a lot drier but we hit some soggy spots
This is when I know I have a good pony between me; when he wants to stop and sniff things
He would spot a few times to smell and I just would refocus in the distance and urge him on.
Officially in the trail!!!
Such happiness! I love our quiet alone rides when I can push my nerves aside
We rode for about 15 minutes when we saw two more riders in the distance...
Laz FROZE. It took a few asks and I got him to circle (breath buddy!) and we just waited to let them approach us. They were two ladies out enjoying the trails on their Canadian Warmblood and a Perch/TB X. We chatted for about 10 minutes, they complimented an OTTB in a halter (nope, it was my bitless bridle) and said he was the roundest TB they've seen. I literally laughed out loud. I take that as a compliment. They seemed very nice and hopefully we run into them again.
We carried on our own though today, as that was our mission.
After that Laz was definitely a bit more up, but I put in some trot work and he came back down
Here he is back to normal chill mode
The two grays in the distance...far distance
This little friend joined us for a ride...
Laz, feeling a bit tired and content I hope, as I untacked/brushed him gazing over to his new herd of three.
What is nice is that Pito doesn't scream after us when we ride away because he feels safe with Tink
After my fantastic soul fullfilling ride, I made this for tomorrow's Greek Easter
A fruit trifle made wtih ladyfingers soaked in strawberries, lemon and condensed milk, layered with freshly whipped vanilla creme and topped with blackberries, strawberries and passionfruit
Pretty much a great day!