Hi everybody, I'm officially joining this thread after about a year of dreaming of taking my mare out on some local trails, and now finally able to get out there! I'm at that stage of life where my daughter is finally on her own, so now my disposable income can all go to my horses! Got a new used truck and little BP trailer. I'm no longer confined to arena riding!
I feel as if I know some of you fairly well, after reading most of this thread, so a little about me. Have been on some great rides, most recently a pack trip with an outfitter in NM where I would like to move in a couple of years. Also been down to the TX hill country a couple of times, and that was the most challenging riding I've done, sliding down inclines on rocks... None of this was on my own horses.
Have been accumulating gear for a year or so and have learned a lot, especially on the pack trip in NM. My mare was at first a cutting horse, but not fast enough, then put out to pasture as a brood mare, three nice babies later I pull her out of the pasture and started getting her back into shape three years ago. She is 18 this April. Took her out for her first trail ride two weeks ago with an experienced rider & horse. She did very well, after she worked off her first 30 minutes of nervousness. My friend said that if I hadn't told him he never would have known it was her first trail ride. Can you tell I'm proud of her?
Looking for riding buddies in my area, especially after reading some of the safety posts here. Joined TETRA (the "BCHA" of Texas) and ACTHA to meet some new folks. There is a local TETRA work day in a couple of weeks and I'm looking forward to getting out to help.
We are going out again this Friday, so I will post some pics then. Last time I put my camera down in the trailer and left it there by mistake. Anyway, this is a pic I took a couple of weeks ago when I was practicing hauling (that is a new experience for me). We went out to a local lake. My rig, mare, and the 2-year old colt (grullo) that I will soon be ponying once my mare gets used to trail riding.
Oh, and I've done approximately three miles so far this year on her first outing!