We haven't rode as much as have in past. First it got really hot, then my mare got a stone bruise on her elbow as big as my fist that took awhile to go down, then when I rode her again she took a bad fall going down a trail (she actually did a cartwheel) so it was back to the vet to have her checked out. Had her shod, then it was hot, hot & dry and she started hard breathing so back on meds. We finally got rain which helps. I rode her yesterday first time in weeks.
Gas hasn't been a problem as we are just a few miles from state forest parks. We did horse camp one weekend but I rode my husbands mare. Gas is $3.55 to $3.66. It was $3.99. It's just been an agravating summer in more ways than one.