On Friday I had another wonderful ride with Roux pony!
Total Time: 2hr 37min
Distance: 7.15 miles
Average Speed: 2.7 mph
Max speed: 12.2 mph
I get out of class early on Friday so I went for another ride. We went into uncharted territory and on a trail I had never been on and wow did ROux take care of me well!
Several times I asked him to go down the trail and pushed him into a narrow path where we were unable to get through and even though we were closed in when we got stuck I asked Roux to back up and he calmly backed his way out until we found a spot that was wide enough to turn around.
In one of these narrow spots I asked him to go forward and he refused so I got on his case thinking he was just nervous about the close quarters. He did eventually go in. It was so low I had my chest on the saddle horn to get through. All of a sudden he stopped dead in his tracks! Frozen. And above my right shoulder I heard a rolling deep growl. I gave Roux all his rein and let him get us the heck out of there! He bolted forward but didn't spook or buck or rear. He took good care of us. As soon as we got to a clearing I stopped us. I was more shaken than Roux and I can't decided if my mind was playing tricks on me but Roux was shivering a little.
Talking to friends in the area they think it might have been a bear. I thought it was bob cat or mountain lion but I was told that a cat won't warn before it attacks they just attack. Where as a bear is more scared of you so they grumble to get you to leave. Roux and I were the only ones there so I guess it is possible that we snuck up on it?
Anyway, we only had one incident. We had come up from below a ditch bank and on the other side there was a rider loping her horse. Roux spooked pretty hard. I felt so bad because the rider was apologizing profusely and obviously felt bad. She did nothing wrong at all! Roux is still a little green around the edges lol. We chatted for a few and she told me she rides 15-20 miles at a time. So Cool!
Here is my photo journal from the ride: