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post #2611 of 2723 Old 04-17-2020, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Monday it rained, so I got all my inside stuff done. Winter also returned, much to my displeasure. Tuesday morning was partly sunny but chilly when I headed out with George. It was climbing day, so we moseyed up the Sugarloaf.



We found some friends the second time up.



We looped down and around the farm on the way home. George was feeling mighty fine and had very few weird steps.



11.8 miles, 2053 feet of climb, 4.9 mph average pace, 42F real feel


Next up was Iggy. I rode with Gina on Amish and Nik on Windsor. We started out going up the Sugarloaf as the horses were quite fresh.



Then we headed across the farm and up the Tomhicken to the yellow gate trail.



Going out with Gina and Nik was a good learning experience for Iggy. He is not able to walk as fast as Amish, setting up a situation where he wants to have a tantrum. Add in Nik and Windsor jogging to catch up behind us (as Windsor walks even slower than Iggy) and it was a double whammy. But after a while (and with no major tantrums), Iggy got over himself and settled down!



16.4 miles, 1819 feet of climb, 3.7 mph average pace, 44F real feel
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On Wednesday, I rode with Nicole and Diana at Hawk Mountain. It was a beautiful sunny day, but again the wind was strong and quite cold. I rode Hombre, who had a massive blow up when I first got on. First he went charging away from the mounting block, then when I got him stopped he refused to move. When I put my leg on again, he started running backwards and sideways. At one point he even started getting light in front!

Nicole and I were both floored. While he can be a bit barn sour at home, he's never behaved anything like that before home or out. Once we got going, he didn't have any other balking issues.



As we traveled around, I noticed that Hombre did a lot more collected cantering than normal. He was going on a soft rein, but normally he will trot as well as gait. He didn't trot the entire ride, which I found very odd.



It was nice to see some different trails and the horses paced well. Those trails are pretty remote so we only saw two other people (both on foot) the whole time.



After the ride, we checked Hombre very carefully for signs of pain and didn't find anything. Upon discussing Hombre's weird behavior, Nicole decided she was going to test him for Lyme. Something is obviously going on for him to act that way!

14.7 miles, 2074 feet of climb, 5.1 mph average pace, 42F real feel


Yesterday, winter really returned with a vengeance. I have to admit I considered not riding, but with snow and rain in the forecast I didn't want to put it off. I was wearing a lot of layers when George and I left the barn.

No surprise the cold weather and nasty wind had George feeling entirely too good. I went out via Spaulding's and then around the Sugarloaf.



Anywhere we could move out, George was wanting to run. When we dropped down to go around the farm, I let him yahoo a bit up the orchard road as he had been doing well listening. He came back without much discussion and we continued home without incident. He again felt very good with very few odd steps.



10.8 miles, 1059 feet of climb, 6.1 mph average pace, 28F real feel


Next up was Iggy, who was also feeling mighty fine. I had planned the same route as George, but by the time we made it around Spaulding's it was obvious Iggy needed to find his brain. So of course we went up the Sugarloaf to look for it!



That climb helped a lot, so we dropped back down to continue going around. When we got to the farm, Iggy briefly thought about fussing, but quickly decided behaving was better than climbing.



Iggy got a bit strong and fussy once we got back onto Alimar, so I rode him home, tied him to a tree while I went to get Kestrel, then got back on and went out again. Iggy was highly offended then, but it didn't take much to shut down the fussing. We went across Alimar at at trot, then looped around and came home at a walk. He stayed on a loose rein the whole way back!



11.5 miles, 1580 feet of climb, 5.8 mph average pace, 34F real feel


Once I was done with Iggy, I decided it was time to open the gates to the other two paddocks. I knew there would be much excitement normally and the cold weather only added fuel to the fire. I got lucky the herd was grazing as far away from the gates I opened as possible, so I had a chance to get a quick video just after I opened the second gate.


Notice who was in the lead!! George has been the fastest since Dream died.. you could see his displeasure at being passed by the upstart.



It was fun to watch them play, though it didn't last all that long as the call of the grass was just too strong.





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Unfortunately, my barefoot idea did not work. I rode Dylan (now my husband and son say I must change the spelling to Dillon due to somebody they don't like that spells it the other way) Anyway, I rode him on two short rides without shoes. I will post pictures of the disaster that happened.

So I had the farrier back out and had shoes put back on both the horses. After consulting with several experts including our own @phantomhorse13 , I decided to go with shoes and over-reach boots. I will post a picture of what I ordered. They came, but it has been storming so I haven't tried them yet.

But I have ridden Dillon (formerly Dylan, formerly horse with not name or HWNN, formerly Rapper, formerly Emmenem, formerly M and M, formerly what ever is on his papers) twice since the shoeing which was Thursday. He did great and I had loads of fun. Hopefully all this storming will go away and I'll get out and ride some more.

I have seen deer on almost every ride. They never just stand there and let me take pictures.

I have no idea when I posted miles, so I'll just post my total. Most of my rides are about 3 miles. This is a trail on private property. I don't see people and I don't get chased by bad dogs.

2020 Total 89.88 (I should have ridden around the yard a time or two.)
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Sorry. I posted that on the wrong thread. I asked the administrator to delete it.

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Sorry. I posted that on the wrong thread. I asked the administrator to delete it.
Doesn't hurt my feelings that you posted here! Ouch on that chunk of wall out of Dillon's foot. Hopefully the bell boots are the answer to the shoe grabbing issues.


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Saturday, DH and I took George and Phin out to continue exploring. I had looked at some satellite images of the area and saw what I hoped could be a connecting trail. DH was not impressed with the weather and it took quite a bit of cajoling to get him to go outside!

We went as directly to the exploration area as possible, but it was still 7 miles to get to there.



The road became an atv path and when that split, the path going the direction we wanted looked much less traveled. The farther we went, the less used the path became..



After about a mile, it petered out to nothing. Looking at our location on the gps, we were close to a clearing that I hoped might be the connection. We did a bit of trail blazing and got down into the open.



We found another faint trail going in the correct direction and followed it.. but it only went to a hunting stand. Trying to continue the correct direction would have involved either a lot of trail blazing and/or jumping off a cliff, so we decided to call it a day and turned around and went back. The horses were thrilled we were finally going the right way!



Ironically, the sun started peeking out just as we were crossing Ziesloft's on the way home. The wind was still brutal though and I was very happy for a mug of hot chocolate when we finished!

23.2 miles, 2292 feet of climb, 5.8 mph average pace, 36F real feel


Yesterday, it wasn't actually raining so I decided to get horses out. It was, however, cloudy and damp and windy and I admit I really considered just staying inside.. But knowing the forecast for the rest of the week was awful, I found the motivation and rode.

George was first. We went over to do the Big Square. The property owner has been adding to his *ahem* collection.



George was feeling mighty fine and I was happy to let him move out.


Despite the crazy weather, the local farmers are trying to get their fields ready for planting. A good day for a tractor with a cab!



10.2 miles, 1078 feet of climb, 6.0 mph average pace, 34F real feel


Next up was Iggy. We also went over to the Big Square, but needed to modify the route a bit as they had plowed up one of the fields I had been riding around.


Iggy was on his best behavior. While he was lacking enthusiasm when going away from home, he didn't have any tantrums.



The clouds were starting to break up when we collected Kestrel and went out to mosey around Alimar to cool down.



10.2 miles, 1132 feet of climb, 5.9 mph average pace, 38F real feel


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would have involved either a lot of trail blazing and/or jumping off a cliff,
Oh come on, when have you ever shied away from an adventure?!?
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Oh come on, when have you ever shied away from an adventure?!?
I don't do heights!!!


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Wednesday, the sun was shining but the wind was raging. It was not only miserable in terms of the real feel, but I was concerned that trees might be coming down. But with rain and/or snow forecast for the next 4 days I figured I better ride.

I started with Iggy. As miserable as being out in the open was, I figured better to be cold than squished by a tree. We went out and looped around the fields at Spaulding's and then headed over to the Sugarloaf. Iggy was feeling quite up so I decided climbing a bit on the leeward side seemed like a good idea.



The climb settled Iggy into his work, so we then continued around the Sugarloaf. It's amazing how much things have greened up despite the chilly temperatures.



Overall Iggy was very well behaved. He got a bit excited as we came back across the fields towards home, but it was pretty mild considering the conditions.

10.7 miles, 1546 feet of climb, 5.2 mph average pace, 24F real feel


Next up was George. I was originally supposed to ride with Gina, but no surprise she wasn't riding in the gale. So we were on our own and did the same route as Iggy.



George was feeling mighty fine and I had to laugh at his offense at this hunting blind.



When we got back, we grabbed Kestrel and headed out for a bareback mosey around Alimar. How crazy to need a wool cooler in April!!



12.0 miles, 1581 feet of climb, 5.9 mph average pace, 30F real feel


Yesterday was supposed to be rainy all day, but I was pleasantly surprised to wake up and find no rain. It was also not windy!! After a quick look at radar showed we were in the clear, I decided to get horses out. George was first. We went out Spaulding's and then up the Sugarloaf.



We saw this cutie frolicking along the trail, before he scooted into the trees at our approach.



George was much less enthused without a cold wind egging him on. I was feeling more weird steps to start with, but once we turned for home he evened out. We again had a bareback mosey around Alimar with Kestrel to cool out.



10.3 miles, 1486 feet of climb, 5.5 mph average pace, 35F real feel


Then it was Phin's turn. I expected him to be up and while he felt good, he was not very silly. We went out around Spaulding's and other than one spook at a wayward plastic bag, he did really well. So instead of all the climbing I expected to need, we went around the Sugarloaf instead.



We went up the backside of the Sugarloaf, with Phin maintaining a nice canter the whole way.



Once we got back, Kestrel got another walk for the cooling out process.


12.1 miles, 1430 feet of climb, 6.5 mph average pace, 40F real feel
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Last Saturday, DH and I got Iggy and Phin out. It was another gloomy, windy day but at least no rain was falling. On our way across the farm, a random delivery truck was there. Knowing Keith was away, we stopped and DH wound up unloading stuff for a half hour. The horses loved the snack break.



Then we continued across the farm to the Tomhicken and up. We went out the yellow gate trail and across the road.



Iggy led the first half. He needs a bit of encouragement, which DH is not used to having to do. Once Phin took the lead DH didn't have to nag as much.



We went back up via the power lines for the first time in a long while and I was pleased the trail hadn't washed out too badly.



We have been using the short cut trail I made last week to avoid encounters with the neighborhood kids:


Who would think a minute of trail could make my day?

11.8 miles, 1621 feet of climb, 4.8 mph average pace, 46F real feel


Sunday and Monday it rained. Tuesday was beautiful but the farrier came in the morning. The horses were quite the mess:


Once the farrier was finished, I took George out right away. He was not impressed to be going riding versus out to the pasture with everyone else and was quite sluggish. The farrier used a different type of pad (a plastic composite to help with shock absorption) and packed under it with dental impression for support. There had still been some bruising, so I am cautiously optimistic that the NQR is still coming from his feet.



I had hoped the ride would give me an indication if the changes helped any but George was so spooky that I don't think he took more than two strides normally before jumping around. Even climbing the Sugarloaf didn't help find his brain.



11.5 miles, 1643 feet of climb, 5.6 mph average pace, 48F real feel


DH was home from work by the time I finished with George, so we got Iggy and Phin out next. The clouds were rolling in and the wind was really picking up but we went anyway.



We did the Sugarloaf loop and both boys did really well. Of course once we were about done the ride, the clouds started breaking up (though no change in the wind).



Afterwards, we took the dogs out for the cool out hack. Once nice thing about the wind is they dry quickly.



10.6 miles, 1274 feet of climb, 5.4 mph average pace, 54F real feel


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