It was a wonderful experience, and an absolutely gorgeous ride through the Fairfield County countryside.
I also discovered something new about Max - He is terrified of water crossings! The first stream we came across that had running water in it nearly blew his mind. He spun and tried to run away and he was shaking like a leaf!
After that he decided he was going to jump out of every single water crossing. The first one he lept up so high he bashed me in the face with his neck. And the very last one he pretty much jumped straight out of a four foot ditch instead of walking out of it like every other sane horse. One of the ladies we were riding with turned around and asked if he had some Arabian in him because he was hot hot hot!
Anyway, that last one de-seated me and I slowly slid off and landed on one leg. I was mostly embarrassed, but I know I'll be feeling that one tomorrow morning.
All in all, a great learning experience...and with one under our belt whose to say there won't be another coming soon!
Here are pictures and a video for your enjoyment ^.^
Scary monster below, me jump high!