Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
I thought I rode some semi-extreme trails..Until I moved back to my old barn and thought one of us was going to either break a leg or tumble down a hill, lol.
I moved back to where a friend and I use to ride. He moved his horses home a few miles down the road and has some new trails that he invited me out on.
Knowing that Alahna has never refused anything on a trail (except for mud, we fixed that previously), I said sure! Well, I learned just what extreme was.
His trails had 2ft drop offs (like, cross country looking), hills that sit at an 85* angle, trees to jump that could barely be gone around (lost a shoe going around one she refused to jump lol), and wooden bridges that went over creeks that had 3-4' drop offs down to the water.
Alahna made it back sore as hell but sound, and we were out for a good 5 hours. I'll definitely be using those trails to get ready for CTRs and Endurance rides, as well as getting beautiful muscling for our fun/gaming shows.
I'll also never ride down RT68 around a certain bend where she had meltdown about a tractor trailer and almost killed us both. I thought we were done for, and I'm soo glad that semi swerved around and barely missed us. She was perfectly fine with big pickups and cars and waiting on the shoulder until they passed..But that semi sent her backwards into the road right in front of it. The car following behind it was maybe 3' away from the trucks trailer and also almost took us out as well because he was following too close and didnt think to swerve with the semi. I'm pretty sure that guys mirror actually clipped my leg. Just barely, but my leg felt terrible for days. Never got a bruise, but it felt like the time I got kicked by a pony that barely grazed my calf with his hoof.
That was a terrible end to a great ride..And while taking off down the highway was actually very exhilerating (she decided a car passing would take her back to her track days and I couldn't stop her, so I just made sure we stayed in our lane until she tired out enough that I could get her stopped, and I wasn't too worried because the next intersection was almost two miles down the road), I was so worried a car would pull out onto the road without realizing I had no speed control, but thankfully I ended up getting her stopped and a man had followed me waiting for me to stop to give me my cell phone that had flew out of the holder onto the road about a mile back, lol.
That was insane, and I'll definitely be borrowing someone's tractor trailer to fix that with..No more suicide attempts, lol.
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