Originally Posted by Joe4d
...Goal is to complete Tevis might take me awhile but I'll get there.
Impressive goal! Good luck to you. Did a 6 mile ride today. Got suckered into trying a trail none of us knew, and the aerial photos I saw didn't do justice to some of the up & down spots. I had to lead my mare part of the way because she hadn't seen slopes & rocks like that before. At one point my wife fell while leading our Appy, and the slope caused her to roll into a gully under him. Happily, he didn't move a muscle. When she crawled out from under him, she just sat on the path for a little bit and he STILL didn't move - just nuzzled her as if to say, "It's OK, I'll wait until you are ready".
Then some people were shooting rifles without a backstop. I didn't turn back at the first warbling winging sound, but after 5 and with a lot of ground left to cover, I decided a retreat was in order. So we doubled back and went cross country, which my mare had never tried before. There was no water out there, and it was 103 degrees. To be honest, it kicked my 54 year old butt!
I can't imagine the Tevis...