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post #541 of 2618 Old 08-19-2016, 12:35 PM
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Yeah I discovered that Ana can jump when we were trying to walk through a water obstacle and she decided to just jump it. If you can practice jumping at home, that would probably be better than just winging it on the trail like we did ;)
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post #542 of 2618 Old 08-22-2016, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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We had a lovely weekend for riding. The weather was gorgeous both days, so we rode the long loop each day. The flies are finally subsiding, and even though it was hot, there was a nice breeze. It made me wish that we had much longer trails, as I would have loved to have ridden for much longer!

The colors are so beautiful right now- all the yellow flowers are blooming, and everywhere you look, there's a bit of a golden tinge:




Saturday, we rode out alone, and kept a quick pace throughout the ride. Isabel felt great on our gallop hill, she really enjoys herself there. Can't beat that feeling of the breeze and mane in your face! I think it's convinced me to get a GoPro- my husband loves Izzy, but can't imagine her galloping (he usually sees us ambling in at a walk after a ride)- so I would love to show him what it's like when the old girl revvs up her engine!

@bsms , Isabel asked to record a video for Bandit to show him that it's not so bad riding through the summer foliage :)
You can tell that she's definitely aware of what's going on around us (it's funny, I don't think I notice how much her ears are moving while I'm riding, but she definitely is checking things out), but she isn't tense. I'm riding on the buckle here and holding the camera in the other hand (hence another reason for the GoPro!!).

She also kept her cool when our barn neighbors dragged an ancient old pull-cord lawn mower out of their barn and tried to start the rickety thing in the street as we were riding by. They're horse people too! I was a little frustrated because the part of the road we were riding on is where I feel most vulnerable- it's the bottom of a blind hill where people drive too fast- so I always keep Izzy really focused on me there. But, she just gave it a bit of a side eye and kept going as asked. Good girl!

Sunday was bittersweet, it was likely our last ride with my trail buddy; she moves out of state next week. We went on long ride, which was nice. I do enjoy riding by myself, but it's nice to have the option of having a friend to go out with every now and then. We may be able to fit in one more weekday ride before she leaves, but if we can't it was a nice ride to end on. The horses were calm and enjoying the view, no bugs, blue skies.
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post #543 of 2618 Old 08-22-2016, 01:15 PM
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that's a lovely place to ride! our horses would consider that 'open' land. they ride through tight forests much of the time. one of the trails I have dubbed "Knee Knocker", and you can imagine why.
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post #544 of 2618 Old 08-22-2016, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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that's a lovely place to ride! our horses would consider that 'open' land. they ride through tight forests much of the time. one of the trails I have dubbed "Knee Knocker", and you can imagine why.
@tinyliny - totally agree. We do have some woods trails where we ride, but they are newer growth forest and don't look much like the photos you've shared of your trails. There is one woods path where I'm comfortable with a good canter, but we mostly stick to a walk in the woods. On the other hand, it's quite a lot of fun to let the horses pick up speed around the corn fields- most of the fields on this particular property are planted in big oval shapes, so it's fun to daydream about being on a racehorse (you guys are probably getting tired of hearing of all my childhood horsey daydreams playing out now that I'm going on 40 with a horse of my own :)). Although I have to say, the corn has gotten so big that it gives us a "knee knocker" feeling if we get too close. I'll have to try to get a picture of one edge of the field, something must have gone funny with the corn planter, there are a bunch of plants that are spaced out so that they look just like a slalom course on a ski slope- when you ride through, the huge ears of corn smack you in the knees!
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post #545 of 2618 Old 08-22-2016, 02:12 PM
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corn fields like that are rare around here. I always think of the corn field scenes in the movie "Signs". Scary.
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post #546 of 2618 Old 08-22-2016, 02:29 PM
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This is an aerial shot of the land near where I live:



This is Bandit's former owner on Mia in the area where Bandit grew up:



I doubt Bandit has ever seen a 20' tall tree, other than from the trailer when he was hauled down here via Flagstaff. A horse from Whidbey Island might be perturbed if they had to be ridden in open desert, kind of like when we were transferred to Edwards AFB. Entering the base thru many miles of nothingness, with my wife & daughter in the second car, I got a call from my daughter:

"Better stop, Dad! Mom is crying so hard she can't see the road..."

A horse from the Pacific Northwest might feel a lot like my wife did driving on to Edwards AFB, CA!

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post #547 of 2618 Old 08-22-2016, 02:56 PM
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That is so beautiful! So jealous, I'd love to ride in a place like that. So open and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!! :)
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post #548 of 2618 Old 08-22-2016, 05:17 PM
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I recognize that slightly hasty pace from Ana; it's like they keep hearing "I'm late, I'm late, I'm really, really late!" from Alice in Wonderland :)
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post #549 of 2618 Old 08-23-2016, 01:55 AM
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I think yours is the archetypal edible landscape. My boys coined that phrase when I first got Macarena and they started to consider how the world looks for a horse. Ironic that round here the landscape is largely inedible for many months of the year - likewise for Bandit - but your summer photos look very tasty! So funny that Izzy is walking happily through all this lush greenery and yet can't resist taking a chomp at the corn plant that's bent over in the path. "It's ASKING to be eaten mum, look how it's leaning towards me!"
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post #550 of 2618 Old 08-23-2016, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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I recognize that slightly hasty pace from Ana; it's like they keep hearing "I'm late, I'm late, I'm really, really late!" from Alice in Wonderland :)
So true- that particular stretch sometimes means that we're turning for home, so she does pick it up a step there. She has a quick walk when she wants to, which I like.
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