DH and I had a horse-filled day today.
Started out at the fairgrounds for the local 4H's used tack sale, which I had no idea was the huge deal it was. There was a line out the door and around the corner waiting to be let in!! They actually had one of the leaders climb onto a chair and lecture us all about how we were expected to behave like adults and anybody pushing or cutting the line would be asked to leave.. apparently people were knocked down and hurt in the past in the stampede to get to the deals.
We were looking for saddle pads and stirrup leathers, so did not think we were in danger of being trampled (people RAN in and started grabbing up blankets like lunatics though). We found a bonanza of stuff, one item of which I am still cackling with glee over: we got a Toklat coolback pad, with inserts, in excellent condition for FIFTEEN DOLLARS
In the end, we went home with 3 saddle pads (the toklat and 2 roma brand), 3 sets of stirrups leathers (2 of which were brand new, in the package, wintecs), a set of half chaps for the DH, 2 rope halters, a hay bag, a lead rope, and a fly mask all for about $70. That toklat pad alone is worth over 200 new!!
After the shopping extravaganza, we got the kids out for a good workout before our vacation. Spring has finally sprung here and the weather was perfect for riding: about 50, sunny, and no wind (I can't think of the last time we had no wind).
We rode just under 25 miles, with an elevation gain of about 3400 feet and an average pace of 6.8mph. The horses felt great. DH is really enjoying the new saddle and Sultan seems to appreciate it too!
I think this is where flowerpots go when they die:
03/03/13 dream 21.76 miles 6.4 mph 175.05 total miles
03/05/13 dream 10.67 miles 6.2 mph 185.72 total miles
03/09/13 dream 11.03 miles 5.6 mph 196.75 total miles
03/11/13 george 4.74 miles 3.6 mph 201.49 total miles
03/23/13 dream 51.41 miles 10.9 mph 252.90 total miles
04/06/13 dream 24.61 miles 6.8 mph 277.51 total miles