The next day was to be our long ride on the main trail. It is a multi-use trail. So mountian bikes, atv's, dirtbikes, and hikers. There was a huge sign at the trailhead giving trail rules. I am never saw more than one or two people stop there. We werr doing great for a while. My horse was nervous about the atv's we met but they were curteous and my horse went by with little issue. From ther it was downhill. We met several groups of hikers and only one group actually did as we asked and spoke to us and our horses. Most just walked on past. My mare Geshia had issues with one kid in particular whom had a hood on. But we managed as long as the hikers came from in front of us. About two miles in we went off trail to get photos in a creek against a cliff. When we had just gotten back up on the trail a family of five somehow snuck up from behind and spooked the heck out of Geshia. The were totally silent. Anyhow that was my first time coming off a horse in the 12 yrs since I had gotten back into horses. My friend was right...I was more afraid of falling off than I should have been. It was not too bad, I twisted a knee and ankle and bruised my hip on landing. My mare just moved...she under me then she wasn't. She just walked off a fewe feet and stopped. With my bad knees I had to find a rock to climb back on her.
We continued for a bit and a group of mountian bikes came up from behind and called out asking to pass just as the atv group we had initially passed came back. Caused Geisha to bolt forward and try to go over the atv's. We calmed down got our rain slickers on and decided not to chance the rain(we did not know it would amount to nothing). So we turned around after going only about three miles and started back. Now Geisha was being a pill and as we got back to the area I had fallen off we could hear some dirt bikes coming. Since Geisha was REALLY acting up and the drop off was steep I just got off her and walked off the trail as much as I could. My friend was in the middle of the trail and forced them to stop. She then started to dismount she was giving them the riot act because the were going to fast and would not shut off their bikes so we could pass. Her horse was now acting up pretty bad now to. They would not shut off their bikes so my friend told them to just go and walked off the trail. The gunned their engines and sped past causing her horse to rear and bolt. He down the embankment, across the creek ans up into to forest and we.lost sight and sound of him. Thought he was gone for sure but my hussy mare started calling for him and sure enough we hear him galloping up the creek and right up to my mare. Whew! Geshia gave me **** when I tried to remount but we made it back to camp with no more issues other than bad attitude from both the horses at the gate.
So my mare needs more work before I can take her back on that trail. Lucky there are alot of single track trails only suitable to horses or hikers. My friend actually suffered from a twisted back that day that was worse than the injuries I took from my fall. So we did not try ride anymore that day or early the next day. We did get in an evening ride that last day and Geisha amazing. We were out in front the whole time, she was perfect to handle and she kept trying gait. I was.trying to figure oit what she needed from me to gait but when we reached camp she was back.to being bratty and my friends horse had been a pain the whole day. So we called it quits as my friend was still sore. My mare being so herd bound I knew better than to try riding out on my own, especially when she was in heat.
So we had lots of fun. Took some awesome photos I will post soon.
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