AnitaAnne that happens to me all the time, going for a short ride and making it last all day. I'm such a space case that I take the wrong trail and end up utterly lost. That's why my dad bought me my gps. Before I had one I got so lost on a few occasions I had to have to police find me and get me out.
Me too! I get so lost in the woods, I rarely go without a friend to guide me...but not this time. The GPS didn't help cause I don't know how to get it to take me back. I thought the yellow trail was only 6 miles, so when we somehow lost the white trail (the 4 mile loop) I figured we'd just ride some extra miles...no big deal, right? 4 miles, 6 miles not much difference I thought...but after we had riden 12 miles and poor Dreamer was ready to drop I didn't know what to think. I was so worried about him.
The mountain bikers were kind enough to tell me we were only about 2 miles from the trailhead, after a really steep hill. So we were a little calmer after that.
Our horses are not ex-race horses like Leyna...that 16.4 mile trip of ours lasted 5.5 hrs! We left at 10:45 and didn't get out of there until 4:15, it was getting dark and starting to rain. We went out without any water or supplies, thinking we would only be riding for an hour! Big mistake!
The white trail is fairly easy, and we were moving at a good clip, Chivas cantering and Dreamer troting. The yellow trail is much more difficult. Apparently there are two 8 mile loops but we didn't know that or we would have got out after the first loop. Anyway, we had to slow down and let the horses rest a couple of times. Fortunately we crossed a stream 5 times so the horses were able to drink. Chivas doesn't like the running water though, so he wouldn't drink until the last creak crossing. Then he was trying to drink out of puddles. Poor horse!
Dreamer is really suffering today, can't hardly walk so I left him in with a pile of hay. Poor guy. He has soft hooves and no shoes, which is why we never ride that far.