The trainer felt that Gabbrielle was ready for an hour trail ride off the property with me on Lostine. Gabbrielle got a little nervous around fallen cacti, logs and rocks, so the trainer pointed her at them and encouraged her to investigate.
Gabbrielle did really well. We only ran into trouble twice. The first time was when a woman on horseback came along in the opposite direction one trail over from us and she let her two loose dogs bark and charge at our horses. My trainer yelled, "No! Not this horse! Don't charge this horse!"
I called out to the dogs in a friendly tone saying, "Come on! Come here! Hi guys!" because I could tell that the horseback rider had no intention of calling her dogs back to her. The dogs stopped charging Gabbrielle and abruptly turned toward me and Lostine. I didn't want Lostine to be charged and bit anymore than I wanted Gabbrielle to be charged and bit, but I figured I could maintain better control of my horse under the circumstances.
I yelled out to the rider that the other horse is green and this is her first time on the trail. The lady just smiled, but I don't think she comprehended the significance of how her lack of control over her dogs could have caused a wreck for my horse trainer.
One dog was a Chihuahua, the other was a Pug. They both ran around in between Lostine's legs, and Lostine was a champ about it. She's been attacked by dogs in her distant past, but I've trained her to stand still and let me deal with them. The dogs eventually ran off to follow their owner, who just rode on like nothing had happened. Who knows? Maybe they weren't even her dogs and she was hoping to unload them on us because they've been harassing her horse all the way down the trail. Ha ha!
When the woman rode off, I had some trouble getting Lostine to walk forward. She was just walking backward down the trail toward home, trying to follow the other horse because it was headed toward home. I turned her this way and that, and she tried taking advantage of the turns by turning all the way toward home and taking off, so I did a one-rein stop and some flexing while the trainer trotted Gabbrielle around bushes, because she too was trying to run after the stranger's horse. Eventually, both horses gave in and continued walking forward away from home.
Here is a sequence of the trainer introducing Gabbrielle to one of the fallen signs on the side of the trail: