The past week has been a bit nutty. The weather has been all over the place (from monsoonal rains to blazingly hot and humid again), which made getting saddle time when I wasn't working a challenge. I worked on Saturday, so had to look longingly out the window at the one day it was actually pleasant outside.
We got the boys out Saturday night, testing the lights we intend to use during the Vermont ride once its dark. They worked as we hoped they would (yay), so here is hoping we are still riding once night falls!
Yesterday we took our second cutting of hay (or the first cutting in the case of one field we didn't have time to cut the first time and hadn't been able to since cause of the rain). Not only was it hot as hell, but the universe thought we needed the challenge of breaking equipment as an added bonus. A job that should have taken roughly 4 hours took almost 7.
After dinner, I was able to convince DH to go for a ride so I could get Gamer out. She continues to amaze me. She led the majority of the way, despite the fact that 80% of the trail was new. She went through the tiny creek that was an issue the first time without hesitation and waded thru a bunch of mud with little fuss. Only time I got off was when I dropped something (and even then she happily walked up beside the guard rail so I could clamber back on). Got walk, trot, canter with no issues. It was even heading for dark by the time we got back and she didn't bat an eye at going thru the dark woods.
Posing in her new Taylored Tack:
Of course I can stand here mom, just get on already!
Wishing we could take a dip
Enjoying the sunset Gamer's 2nd trail ride - YouTube
Today I got Dream out, intentionally training in the heat knowing our next ride (the first weekend of august) is a tough one known for big climbs and bad heat and humidity. It was already in the mid-80s with fog when I left the barn at 8am and it was mid-90s and the sun was blazing when we returned 25 miles and 3400 feet of climb later. Can it be fall now?!
07/09/13 dream 14.41 miles 6.2 mph 502.11 total miles
07/10/13 dream 11.78 miles 7.0 mph 513.89 total miles
07/10/13 gamer 3.0 miles 4.1 mph 516.89 total miles
07/13/13 george 1.62 miles 3.9 mph 518.51 total miles
07/14/13 gamer 4.91 miles 3.6 mph 523.42 total miles
07/15/13 dream 25.82 miles 7.0 mph 549.24 total miles