A little bit of groundwork in the arena.Some follow-the-leader.
Then out we head, towards Hank's cattle pasture playground. (Look how big--in both directions-- Kate is next to Chief!)Across the draw and along the fenceline.
Turn and come back down the draw.
Loop back around the other side.And back up the hill again.South, along the fenceline with our farm. And out the back gate, to the irrigation ditch-road.
Couldn't find a "mounting block" to use. (The Tucker Saddle guy swears that the new saddle won't "spin" around Kate's rotund physique...We'll see.) Finally found a low spot that wasn't mushy.
Mama Misty watches our progress around the ditch road at the east edge of the farm. It's amazing how much she carries on these days when Kate leaves--Misty has always bullied Kate around, but now that they're next door to each other, Misty misses her!
Maddie, Beth, and RT carrying on in the pasture next to them! RT seemed to think Chief was there to steal "his" mares, which I guess is a justified fear, considering he got away with Kate for awhile."Super Chief" gets a pat from Pat for his successful first outing, about an hour total in the saddle. Then some practice standing at the trailers--with a hay bag, of course. This is a skill Chief will need for future KVTR rides.All in all, it was a great "first date."
(Thanks to photo-hubby Al for the documentation of the day.)