Riding, roads, and latent learning

Chico, Dakota (the horse I ride), and I have gone for a couple rides this year, just short ones to get us all back in condition. It’s beautiful right now, trillium and violets flowering, and a couple different shrubs in the woods, that I don’t know the name of, blooming white.

Though it doesn't need to, my phone's camera makes a pronounced click when it takes an image. That sound got Dakota pretty excited, thus, there are no other pictures from this ride.

Though it doesn’t need to, my phone’s camera makes a pronounced click when it takes an image. That sound got Dakota pretty excited, thus, there are no other pictures from this ride.

Last year I worked pretty hard to get Chico to go to the side of the road when a car was coming during a horse ride. My efforts seemed to meet with minimal success. But on both our outings this spring, Chico seemed to know exactly what I wanted from him when I asked him to go ‘Side, go side for the car’ and he complied perfectly. Needless to say, I paid him well for his efforts. Something about not doing this “trick” all winter seems to have made it work much better. That’s so counter-intuitive.

If we really have this mastered, it will make our rides much easier on all three of us, and the drivers passing by too.

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