Hello, all! I'm relatively new to the forum and was so excited that there's a section for trail riding. I moved my horse to a new boarding barn in September that has trails, which we haven't had access to for the past year and a half. When I saw the thread about 2012 miles, I found a Garmin Etrex Vista on Ebay
so I could participate this year. Unfortunately, the weather and footing hasn't been cooperative for trail riding in the start of 2013! We finally got out today and it sure was muddy!
A little about us: I'm a 19 year old college student and during the academic year, I can only see my horse on weekends. So we won't get very high milage until summer break, but I plan on taking full advantage of being home. My mare, Lizzie, is a Morgan in her mid to late 30's. She has a benign tumor that interferes with wearing a saddle, so I ride her bareback. Liz is the most hyper horse I've ever ridden and she absolutely loves trails. She's a fantastic trail horse- she would rather put herself in tricky footing than rub my leg on a tree
So today, we got out on the trails for the first time in a few weeks. I used my GPS for the first time, which was really cool. Liz and I mostly explored today... we found a bunch of new trails! To get to most of the trails, we have to cross a small river that's about 10 feet across and over 2 feet deep. Liz went right through it, which was fantastic because she used to be really scared of running water. We explored the main trails on the other side and have a lot more trails to check out. We also came across 2 wild turkeys, which I don't think Lizzie has ever seen before, and a small herd of deer. My good girl got a little scared of the turkeys, but her spook is to stand and snort, which I appreciate! Hopefully, the weather stays nice enough for us to continue going out!
Here's Lizzie, tired out after our ride! 2013-01-13 13.57.08.jpg
And just because she's cute 2012-10-31 09.55.15.jpg
So we rode 3.46 miles today, with an average speed of 4.5 MPH and a top speed of 7.6 MPH (at the trot)
Looking forward to logging trails this year with all of you!