I have not been able to ride in a few weeks, first it was Christmas and New Years w/g'kids coming, Then hubby was out of town hunting, then we had 2 weekends messed up with the snow storm here in the south that just freezes (pun intended) us in our tracks.
Finally this past Saturaday we rode... yippeeee!!!
We got up early Saturday and ate breakfast and packed our saddle bags, We take thermos' of coffee and sandwich, and soup in a thermos. Went to the barn Cait and Elvis ran to greet us thinking we were just going to feed them like every other day for the past few weeks. After they were eating, we hitched up the trailer, (hubby fed the cows) and I started brushing my mud ball while she ate. For some crazy reason she does not like to be "messed" with while she eats. She will let me brush her but she really does not like it and will have to walk around the stall every few minutes. After all the dried mud was off them we put blankets on them to trailer (we have an partially open stocktrailer) to the trailhead.
We drove about 30 minutes away to a fairly new trailhead between Resaca, GA. And LaFayette, GA. Called Dry Creek. It has a great parking lot that we have to pay $5 to park in but it is so nice I don't even mind!
Horses, saddled and away we go! We rode down an old partially graveled road that leads to one part of the Pinhoti trail.
Cait and Elvis are spotted saddle horses and both had fairly good gaits. We moved on in a fairly good clip, with a little cantering thrown in. It was wonderful, the day was sunny and cool (35-40 degrees), it felt like a heat wave after our week of cooooold, and snow. I don't know how folks who have such weather for months on end can stand it. I understand now why so many folks move south!!! We started up a mountain, still on the Pinhoti trail and really enoyed the scenery. The trail was an old roadbed that is used for hiking, biking and horses. There were lots of bike tracks but we didn't see any. Our horses don't spook at a bike other than the unexpected surprise they sometimes get. We got to a downed pine tree and we decided to cut it down and move it and have a cup of coffee for a little break. Just as we got the small pine moved we heard someone else coming up the trail, it was another couple riding horses, they stopped and talked then moved on. We rode a little further and decided to turn around and explor around the creek that is at the foot of the mountian and near the parking lot.
We turned off the Pinhoti and ride on a smaller trail thru the flatland arond the base of the mountain and creek. Hubby's Elvis is doing great, he is normally a follower instead of a lead horse, when he is in the lead he is normally looking for bears around every corner and thinks every stump or tin can is about to eat him up. He did fabulous, stepped on out enjoying the day, didn't do anything but LOOK at all the spooky things that could get him, my Cait who is normally THE lead mare was perfectally happy being behind.
We crossed the creek, which is a creek, but a fairly large one, several times and enjoyed that. Built a good fire and enjoyed our lunch.
Overall... the day was WONDERFUL! Beautiful weather, horses did great and we were out of the house!
Can't wait till next Saturday!