This was yesterday. A training milestone for Hjalti.
Iacs was brought in for moral support.
He took his job very seriously.
Firstly, Daisy and Hjalti went over a few basics in the indoor school.
Walk, trot and halt.
With some steering.
And then we went outside.
We had originally planned to go to the end of the track and home.
But as Hjalti was such a good boy – all interested but listening – we kept going.
Down the long and windy road (ok, this bit is straight but it winds later on).
I led Iacs so Hjalti didn’t feel he was alone in the Big Bad World.
We got as far as the first passing place, which is a good distance along entirely new territory for Hjalti.
And then we turned around to go home. On our travels we met one car. Daisy and Hjalti parked in a field gate entrance with me and Iacs between him and the car. I signalled to the car to go about as slowly as it could and, luckily, the driver completely understood and crept passed (thank you to whoever you are. I may actually ❤️ you and your comprehension of the situation). Afterwards we shovelled carrots into Hjalti for being a good boy and yes, Iacs had his fair share for just, well, being there.
We pottered calmly home again.
So, well done Hjalti and Daisy (and possibly Iacs).
Hjalti was a very good boy and next time we shall go further. Going outside, ridden, is a huge milestone in Hjalti’s training.
I might ride Iacs next time, though.