On Friday afternoon, we headed a couple hours south to the Muckleratz ride with George and Phin. The weather had been hot and humid all week, but forecasters promised a break for the weekend. We got to camp right as it opened and got our normal spot:
That spot is about as far from the vet/hold area as you can get and still be IN camp, but it's shady and quiet and nobody can park us in! The heat and humidity were awful, so I was thankful the horses were in the shade. Only a handful of other rigs came in that evening and they all parked in the main part of camp. We had a potluck supper with some friends, then went to bed early. The temperature never really dropped overnight so I was sweating more than sleeping.
We were up and out for our pre-ride first thing Saturday morning, before the temperature got any worse. Phin and George were both very good for their leg stretch.
We spent the rest of the day getting things ready and sweating profusely. The predicted cool down did not happen! The horses vetted in without issue and seemed very happy to be back in the shade.
Just before dinner and meeting time, the sky got black. We had been lucky to miss the storms the day before.. and our luck rain out. We got over an inch of rain in about an hour, though luckily there wasn't much lightning.
Everyone hoped the storm meant the predicted cold front had come through, but yet again the weatherman lied. The humidity was still horrible and the temperature only dropped a few degrees. Things didn't cool off much overnight.
In the morning, the boys were very chill to tack - probably because the air was just about solid. It was so foggy you couldn't even see the far side of camp!
I was riding with Cathy and Epyc again. We let the front runners (George & DH included) leave camp and then moseyed out to start the first 20 mile loop.
By the time we climbed to the top of the mountain, we were actually in the clouds. It was so humid that just riding along was causing everything to be wet.
This ride has fantastic footing. Phin was happy to lead the way, though we kept winding up with more company than we had hoped. One lady in particular kept playing yoyo games with us that upset Epyc, who does not like having horses pass him.
Just as we were finishing the loop, the fog started lifting a bit. However, that meant the sun came out, sending the temperature soaring. It made the dew on the flowers really stand out (this picture doesn't do it justice).
By the time we got back down into camp, we were back in fog world. We came into camp, pulled tack, and threw a bit of water on the horses. Both vetted through without concerns, though the humidity was just oppressive.
George and DH were also in the hold. George was being fussy about eating and a friend took him to graze while DH took care of himself. Phin was happy to stand with Epyc and chow down.
The hold flew by, as it generally does when you are trying to deal with the horse and yourself. Phin did fairly well dealing with the electrolytes, only being briefly insulted afterwards.
to be continued..