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    08-30-2011, 10:37 AM
Heart of Dixie Trail ride-- picture heavy!

I've been looking forward to this trip for ages, and everything that could go wrong did. They came to pick up my horse on Thursday, and Ginger was not happy at all to be leaving her little pony Duncan back at the pasture. At some point during the two hour trip to my mom's, she cut her face open and had to get stitches right under her eye (you can see the stitches in some of her pictures). Then, our fourth member backed out because she couldn't take her horse, and we had to find someone else last minute, as well as another truck to take. It was a fiasco. We had plans to leave Friday at 3 or 4. We left at 10 PM. Got to the trail ride at about 12:45. I was exhausted.

But we ended up having a great time!! Here are some of the pictures I took. I had a hard time narrowing down from the 150 I took!

Here is Easy, the youngest of the group at 8.

Then Gigi, the second at 10.

My Ginger is second oldest at 15. She was sooo worked up the first day that she was sweating before I even put the saddle on.

Here's my mom and her red dun, Honey. Honey is the oldest at 20. She took everything like a pro! My mom was so proud of her old mare.

Ready to hit the trail for day one!

Easy and Gigi were usually in the front-- their riders liked to run them!

My mom and I hung out at the back, and the others would wait up for us-- mom didn't want to work her retired mare too hard, and I didn't want to work my out of shape mare too hard.

We stopped for lunch on the trail the first day-- Easy is eyeballing that lunchable!

Mom and Honey took a nap.

So did Ginger and Gigi

Easy wants to know if he can have that cracker.

Trick pony time!

To be continued....
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    08-30-2011, 10:42 AM
Time for a swim

After the first trail ride, we took the horses swimming. Honey and Easy had gone swimming before, but Ginger and Gigi were new to it.

Gigi says "You want me to do what?"

That's me in the middle, with my pale legs :P

Our only full group shot of the entire trip

Easy was still walking-- he's just so tall!

Gigi is still unimpressed.

Day two coming up!
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    08-30-2011, 10:45 AM
Wonderful pictures!!! Can't wait to see day 2 :) Swimming with horses is so much fun, isn't it? I haven't tried it with Gem yet, but used to as a kid all the time.
    08-30-2011, 10:49 AM
Day two-- the long haul.

Day one we went on the 500 acre trail. Day two meant the 1000 acre trail. Whew! We got so lost, even with a map and marked trails.

Chilling out in the paddock.

Ginger was a pack mule for the day (at least until lunch when we drained the supplies haha). You can totally see the gunk I put on her stitches.

Which way?

Look ma! No hands!

Lunch break! There were hitching posts here, but they were in the sun. So we took the saddles off and let the horses stand in the shade with us. They were very well behaved

Honey and Easy-- the two red duns. Honey is very faded and sun bleached.

After laying down on the bench, I looked down and saw my Frankenstein horse.

I looked up, and saw Easy.


Mom loved feeling Easy breath on her.

Time to head home!

The end
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    08-30-2011, 10:54 AM
Originally Posted by livestoride    
Wonderful pictures!!! Can't wait to see day 2 :) Swimming with horses is so much fun, isn't it? I haven't tried it with Gem yet, but used to as a kid all the time.

It was awesome! Watching them dunk their heads under, and come up with their noses shut from holding their breath was intense! I've never seen anything like it.
    08-30-2011, 12:51 PM
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Wow!! Great pictures! That looks like such a great time!! Def something I want to do when Rodeo gets older!!!
    08-30-2011, 12:56 PM
I miss that, it looks like you guys had so much fun. Those types of trails and river swimming, reminds me of Europe and what we used to do back home.
    09-06-2011, 09:12 AM
Just looking again at the water ones-- my horse is about a mile long! Never really notice until there's something on her back hahaha
    09-06-2011, 03:39 PM
Wow that looks like so much fun! How does one find somwthing like this to join? I would love to find a group that goes on long trail rides together.
    09-07-2011, 02:32 PM
Originally Posted by Calmwaters    
Wow that looks like so much fun! How does one find somwthing like this to join? I would love to find a group that goes on long trail rides together.
Well, my mom has been wanting to go there for years, but we never got around it it. She does pony rides, and has a habit of just hiring girls (something about being less creepy than an older guy who can "toss a saddle on a pony"). So two of the girls that work for her decided that it was high time for a trip!

I've always wanted to join up with a trail riding group, too, but I lack a trailer so I'm stuck at home most of the time. But the internet is a wonderful thing! You can just pop in "[you city or county] trail rides or saddle clubs" and see what pops up!

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