Oh I want to join in! I have only had enough time to go on probably 4 trails since the beginning of the year because of high school, one of my horses dyeing, getting the flu, getting my wisdom teeth out, and it snowing 5 inches then getting 2 inches of ice on top of the snow! I have probably gone about 2 miles so far but today I am heading over to blandy arboredum and going on a 7 1/2 mile ride so yay!!! Will take some pics and come post them after we are done.
Apachewhitesox: Straight looks the most interesting to me!
I would like to join this thread...I have been lurking a while but this is my first time contributing:)
We've already completed couple of rides this year, for a total of about 10.47 miles (not counting our 20 minute hack yesterday, which I'm guessing amounted to maybe(?) a half mile. I apologize in advance if this post is picture heavy!
The above photos were taken on a 7 mile ride in the pouring rain! My boy was so good the entire time!
A couple days later we completed a 3.47 mile loop that we do a lot.
Thursday night we had a winter storm sweep through the area and it snowed for the first time this year! I didn't have much time before my husband headed to work but I braved the icy roads early Friday morning and managed to squeeze a 20 minute ride in. It was so beautiful! There is nothing like flying across an open field at a flat out gallop in the snow...bareback, bitless, helmetless - completely free!
We also took another short ride Friday afternoon...to the end of the road and back (about 1/4th of a mile). My friend who rides/leases a couple of my horses got this photo of us coming back (and gave me permission to share it:)
Total miles (riding Thunder): About 11 miles
Did a short ride of about 3.4 miles today. It is hard to say because even though I did have the GPS, we walked part of it. I have a friend that has lost her confidence, I had to dismount to help her get off when her horse started freaking out at a tractor 1/4 mile away. Oreo was like this is really good grass right here, tractor, what tractor? No pictures though.
I did a quick ride today too! The wind was too intense to ride for very long. We covered 2.1 miles, bringing our total to 5.56 miles so far. I can't wait until summer when I don't have ice, snow, cold and classes to contend with!
Welcome PrairieWindlady and Aliliz. Pretty pictures!!!
My cousin and I got out to ride today. Still wet as can be in the woods so that was out - the sides of the bayou were soggy but passable. We rode 6.2 miles today and are going tomorrow God willing and the Bayou doesn't rise. I have all of 10.2 miles for the year. LOL It is a start.
We are having to go through the Cattail Marsh gate - it has a turnstile. I think with a little practice I should be able to get Biscuit to push it open. He pushed against it today but is a little hesitant. Weather was freaking perfect today. I had on a short sleeve summer tee shirt, it was 61 degrees and sun shining. Should be like that everyday!
I am glad to see all the new people here! Oreo's Girl, I'm glad you decided to post on this thread. I think that walking your horse for a short part of the ride counts anyway. I have one question. How did you get back on that tall horse of yours without a mounting block?
I would have loved to have ridden today. The weather was perfect. I ended up volunteering to spay some rescue cats instead. I guess that was a worthwhile way to spend my afternoon anyway.
Celeste, that is a good way to spend the day - less unwanted kitties around. All animals should be wanted and loved!!
Apachewhitesox - Biscuit is just a hoot and so is my cousin's horse. As soon as he gets out of his trailer he is at mine wanting a treat. When we come back after our ride he heads for my trailer - again - for his treats. My cousin said I spoil her horse rotten. He is rotten but he is such a sweetheart and he and Biscuit are big buddies.
I am hoping my little great niece will join me for a short little ride tomorrow. Poor baby is being bullied at school and I told her she needs to come riding with me and become a cowgirl. I told her she will fall in love with The Biscuit.
Congrats on the sale of the house Dawn! Your life seems to be changing by the hour lately! Whirlwind..What kind of saddle is Sultan getting? Have you been having problems with ice-balls in the horses feet?
Sultan is going to be getting a Rubicon, from Arabian Saddle Company. DH rides in a treeless right now, so I think the new saddle is going to be an adjustment (but a good one, as the treeless puts him in a horrible chair seat, which can't be helping Sultan's back!).
The horses are all barefoot for now, so iceballs have not been an issue. They are going to be shod next week though (time to start thinking about serious training for the season ), so will have snowball pads of some sort, as I can;t imagine we are done with snow for the winter yet.
Originally Posted by apachewhitesox
Which direction should I take (shown in the photos below) right, left or straight ahead?? I can't decide.
I also think straight looks the most interesting.. but I have no doubt I would be trying all 3 directions eventually!