"Just" another trail rider here too!
I couldn't have it any other way! I get bored after a 15 minuet warm up... I'm ready to go conquer the world.
1.6 million acres of tough, buggery, forests. I would do anything to have some of the open spaces you guys do! (Ditto on the giant spiders, have trees, have huge face eating monsters!)
Here is some of our country!
It's full of all kinds of wildlife, but the only gaters we have QOS are the log ones floating in the puddles! We also have a bunch of ATV's and Dirt Bikes that zip around on the main trails. The horses have to be bomb proof, just can't have a loopy horse out here. When choosing a trail horse I have to look at so many different factors... Soundness, athleticism, endurance, brains, sure footedness, a calm disposition, and this look in their eye that says "Yeah, I can do it, and I WANT to do it, but I'm going to make sure we don't die trying...". I have to be sure they are fit enough to pack me up and through mountains and be able to make it back. Both of us have to have this thing called common sense. After you get off the main trails you are out on one of a million old logging trails. Most of them have been "closed" by the USFS, so you have to beat brush getting around the dropped trees, sometimes for miles. If I get us into trouble it's a couple hours ride to cell service, and a several mile pack out before I could even get to where a helicopter could vac us. We all have E-Vac contracts. The trails are so vague, winding, and confusing that two years ago a lady got lost on the trails out here in her car... Took two days to find her!!
I'd rather look at this instead of four walls and some dirt! LOL!!
My hitchin posts...
Now I'm not saying that I could jump 3ft. Fences (well I could...), or make it through a dressage test without the judges laughing me outta the arena... But I can safely take myself and DH for a 25+++mile expedition and make it back with the horses in one piece! I'm not saying my horse could compete at barrel racing, or WP, or whatever else people do with them... But mine knows how to stop, he knows how to pick his way through brambles and fallen logs without losing his head, an ATV coming up on us suddenly is a day at the park, climbing up a cliff is no problem, keeping his cool is expected when we are walking and he knows not to spook and hold his ground when I scramble trying not to fall into a ravine... Takes a lot of work to get a horse to this point. No less than "just" teaching one to canter pretty circles or hop over fences.
All I can say is WOW Fly...and that is just gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!! I love the waterfall! You are blessed w amazing trail riding material! I use to ride in the smokeys a lot (looks very similar to your pics) - it is sooo enchanting and "soft" (except for the occasional granite outcrop)...but often too soft..as in "slick". There is a very noticeable diff in trained and "mountain savvy" trail horses vs not when it comes to that sort of terrain. And, no water worries...thats always nice.
THey deal w an ATV??? WAow, girl..that rocks! I have only had one episode w one...on "this side" of the BLM. She'd never seen one before, so if you take that into account, she did okay - as in, I came out of it unharmed. ATV's are not allowed on the BLM side...thank the heavens above!
I am just going to go kick a few rocks, now.
Oh, and Rarity jumps...she gets to a deep "v" shaped gully and ... poof, over it....kind of the opposite of "over" a bar...but, its more useful
Amazing pictures everyone..see why we only trial ride..lol..i do alot of arena work. Training reinging horses. Some gaming. And I enjoy it. Teaching flying changing leads is fun. But just riding down a trail feeds the soul in ways that's hard to find any where else. I do have more pictures on my profile . Wont bore you on here. Hope every one has a happy holiday season. Ride safe.