I am so excited, I can hardly contain myself! Today was the day! Gillian Larson (long-rider, thru rider) picked up Dalton so he could begin his training.
Here is my blog post about my interview with Gillian. Quick refresher: Gillian has ridden the Pacific Crest Trail, the Arizona Trail and many more. She does it on her own, with two of her equines.
Wow. I love that. Meeting her was such a stroke of luck for me. Asking her if she’d be willing to train my horse (and her saying ‘YES’ )was another lucky break… and then her moving a few cities away was the crowning glory.
TRAINING DALTON WITH GILLIAN WILL BE A GREAT BAROMETER
I know Dalton prefers the trails to the arena, but I only rode him on trails he knew – before I had my hip replaced. Since then, he and I haven’t been anywhere. I looked and looked but never found a boarding facility that had riding outside the gate. Not here. Land is too precious for grapes…
But, to be honest, this is the best result anyway! He will be down in a cooler climate. He will be trained and will get to visit and hopefully ride him with Gillian on her trails!
We will know what kind of a trail horse he will be…and go from there.
Dalton will be more ready than I will be! – Maybe. I’m SO READY.