Well, we finally got to ride around the homestead. About 30 degrees, sunny, not much wind. Quite nice except the sun caused just enough melting on the hills to make them slippery. We walked up part of one where the horses were really struggling.
We went up to the fence line around the crown of the Butte then worked our was along the west end--except to get past the gully we had had to go about half way back down, then back up. Sigh. We're looking for a gate in the fence so we can ride the crown but still haven't found one.
I did learn something useful today. Mr. Big doesn't like open fields. He does MUCH better in the trees. Not sure what's going on there. Anyone have any ideas? He's very slow and cautious in the open and goes lickity split in the trees. Up, down, sideways, doesn't seem to matter: he does it better in the trees.
Overall: a very nice ride, indeed!