Prince's Royalty - Part 1
"Look, I am trotting!" I yell to my best friend Fiona who is trying to get her stubborn 4 year old horse Nikita to walk. No matter how hard she tries, Nikita always seems to get away with her eating hay method. And 3 and a half year old Prince, doesn't want anything to do with riding, he would prefer much more eating in the field with his herd. I laugh, but that was 4 years ago.....................................................
"More leg!" My trainer Paige shouts to me. I apply mmore pressure and Prince soars over the last jump with even strides. We end the course with a clean round. I give him a pat. "Good boy!" I beam with pride. I ride back to the other riders.
One the other side of the arena, Fiona starts cantering and tries to slow her fast thoroughbred. The bay mare canters a wide circle before starting the course. "Eyes up!" Paige yells. Her eyes suddenly flick up and look in between Nikita's ears. They have a nice steady canter over all the jumps. But, Nikita tends to rush the last one.
She digs her hooves into the arena dirt but only for a second. Fiona kicks her back into a canter over the jump and has a clear round. "Good job" I give her a high five. Kacie and Dylan also had a clear round but Cole had a refusal.
"If we want to go to regionals, we must have it perfect. Practice is tomorrow at 9:00 am. I expect to see you all ready and tacked up in the arena by then." Paige says. Everyone nods and heads off to their stalls.
"Do you guys want to trail ride?" I ask the 4 other riders. "Nikita is up for it" Fiona smiles. "Lyric too" Dylan shrugs with a little excitement building up in him. "Phoenix would love to!" Kacie shrieks. "Blaze would enjoy some fun after that excruciating lesson." Cole flashes a sweet smiles. I blush and turn away so no once could see.
"Alright then, I vote we go bareback." I say. "Phoenix is sweating a lot, so maybe we could go to the lake?" Kacie points out. Everyone agrees. "10 minutes to brush and change. Then, we head out, okay?" They all nod and get ready.