I'm amazed to be at this point with this horse. He's been my horse for 3-4 years and he's now the horse I always dreamed he'd be. I would gallop him without being afraid now. We'll see if he's that way consistently moving forward, but I think we're ready for the big leagues! I'm euphoric.
I put boots on all 4 hooves and that seemed to make him comfortable and happy. That's a pretty rocky trail. We met a biker on the trail who appeared from behind a tree and spooked both our horses pretty good. Gem had a moment of "unglued", but came together nicely and I stayed on. It was a bigger spook than I've ridden in a while.
We jumped some fallen logs near the end of the ride. Fun!
Anyway, just lovely. 7.5 miles in 90 mins. Hopefully, Deb and I can start doing even more mileage or maybe same mileage but faster or more mileage, but slower... whatever. I'm going to have a great, great summer.