Then back up the hill and this time we headed straight across the road and down a very long track ... before heading back up the length of the road at canter - both of them thoroughly enjoyed being able to stretch out nicely.
From there we headed back home via the Hunt kennels - or as I explained to DJ - stables for dogs ... I thought he would understand that better than having to learn a new word!
Then past the Anglican church - before heading home - arriving about 2 hours after we left.
Poor DJ was pretty tired - he is unused to hills and over an hour at a time - so although he is getting fitter, I still have to watch how he goes. But, he is still really happy - and enjoying life.
We said goodbye to our companions at their gate with the promise to meet up again next week ... and so headed home - for a rest ... a carrot ... and back out to his field to tell his companion, Conrad, all about his morning!