You know the ones I'm talking about. Most of you have probably even posted a few. The picture of the scenery from between the tips of your horses ears. I've seen green pastures, snowy fields, deserts, ditches, jumps, grass, trees and the blue sky of a perfect day. I want to have ear pictures! But even if I was able to snap a shot while I'm riding, it would most likely be a picture of an arena wall. My barn is wonderful. The care of the horses is impeccable and my pony gets to live outside. The arena has sand footing that gets dragged regularly and two open ends, so there's fresh air. But there's nowhere to ride outside. Or at least nowhere that feels safe to a chicken rider and a green horse.
We are on the end of a gravel road that is probably thirty feet (I'm terrible at measuring distances and such, but it's not super long). I could ride down this road, which is lined with threes and has minimal traffic. There's only one other house and then the barn at the end. But it opens up onto a quieter, but paved, road which then goes onto a busier paved road with no shoulder. I've heard you can cut through some places to go ride in the quieter, housing development roads in the neighborhood. The idea of falling (especially as my bones go all old lady on me) is hard enough to swallow without introducing pavement into the picture. Add to that a green, spooky horse who doesn't wear shoes and it feels like we will be stuck inside FOREVER!
Everyone says that to keep their green horse interested, they hack out at least once a week. How can I accomplish this when I have no truck/trailer and no access to any actual trails? Should I just start hand walking her down the drive a few times a week to start? At this point, remember, my horse is so nervous that if she changes stalls or goes to the other side of the barn she starts to tremble and over react. We've been visiting the 'scary' side of the barn regularly, but she still has quite a reaction, especially to the goat (OMIGOD THAT THING IS GOING TO LEAP OUT AND KILL ME WITH IT'S SCARY GOAT EYES! I CAN'T WALK PAST IT! IF I TAKE MY EYES OFF THAT SLEEPING GOAT, IT WILL SOMEHOW JUMP ME LIKE A COUGAR! ).