This past weekend, I flew out to California to ride a friend's gelding as a babysitter for two greenies' first 50s. I got to ride both days of the Hat Creek Hustle, which took place in the Lassen National Forest in northern Cali. Not only did Magic and I finish his first 2-day 100, both greenies finished their 50s!
It was awesome to see such different terrain, as a lot of the ride was nothing like anything you would find on an east coast ride.
That looks like such a great time! Phantomhorse, your photos and posts always make me so glad that I am getting started in this sport. You make it seem so enjoyable! I hope someday to be as proficient at this as you obviously are
I envy you ....... but congrats! It looks like it was a beautiful ride! Next you should come up to ND and do some badlands or killdeer mountain riding Trust me, you and your darling horse would have a lot of fun
It was def hot the day we left (103), but in the mountains it stayed in the upper 80s/low 90s with low humidity, so didn't feel that bad. The sun itself was hot though, so huge difference between shaded and not.
Then I got to come home to 99 and humid as hell. Blech!!