My daughter and I got a late start on Saturday but managed to get to the Brookfield trail system by 3:00 pm on Saturday. We set up camp and headed out for a short 5.5 mile ride. Got back and made dinner in the Dutch Oven. Woke up the next day and trailered 5 miles to the Madison County Fairgrounds(which is another section of the trail system) and participated in the ACTHA event. 8 mile ride with 6 judged obstacles. My daughter took 2nd in the junior division, and I took 5th in the pleasure division. Headed back to the camp site, broke camp and went home. Learned a few things, but one was that we need to get EZ boots for the horses if we are going to spend any time at Brookfield. Our trails around here have really no stones. Brookfield is loaded. We had no lameness or tender footed problems, but it was a concern for me. We managed to get 14 miles in over the weekend. Not a lot and certainly not what I had hoped for, but probably the best for our barefoot horses.
We are planning a two night trailer camping trip in October at the Otter Creek trail system near Lowville NY in the Adirondacks.
Looks like our back country trip is cancelled this year (sorry Allison Finch, won't be able to post pics of the awesome canvas panniers this year) The trails run along the base of the mountains and the rainfall we have gotten this late summer has been way over normal. The trails are knee deep in mud.
Here are the pics.
The ear shot
Life is like a bronc ride. You gotta hang on, ride it out, and Let er buck!!!!!