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Got some more saddle time. The whole story is in my journal.

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10/22gracelyn2.21 miles279 ft climb3.3 mph72F1100.28 total miles
10/23hombre13.10 miles1604 ft climb4.8 mph60F1113.38 total miles
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10/28hombre6.62 miles738 ft climb4.4 mph67F1136.41 total miles
 

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Just returned from spending 3 days horse camping with Chance, just him and I. The first two days we were the only ones in the campground. On the last day another trailer arrived with two riders. Going away from home is the only way I can ride for consecutive days. At home, there's always something to do. I also love the change in scenery.
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What a beautiful spot @charrorider! Love the views of the water through the trees.

My mare would not be ok at a campsite without any other horses there. Pretty neat that Chance is happy to be there on his own (well, with you of course!)
My wife doesn't ride that much and everyone else around here rides gaited horses. So most of my rides are the solo variety. Chance and Ibn are both used to it. As far as being alone in the camp, Ibn has been diagnosed with DSLD and although he's responding well to treatment, I never know when it is going to flare up. Because of that, Chance is the one I take when horse camping. And Chance, well, as long as he has food in front of him, the world is fine.
 

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@charrorider that sounds like an absolutely wonderful time. I would love to spend 3 days with just me and my horse. Like @egrogan though, I don't think my horse would like it as much as I would.
It was. Actually I was here (Big Hill Lake, KS) for the first time 13 months ago. There is a road bridge about 200' long that Chance wanted nothing to do with it. So I took this opportunity to work on that. First morning before we set out on the trail, I led Chance across the bridge. He was reluctant, but he went. I thought I let that sink into his brain and try ridding him across after we finish our 9 mile ride. After the 9 miles, he was still having none of that foolishness (from his point of view). Next morning, I led him across the bridge, again. He came along without a hitch. We went for our ride on a different 5 mile ride. When we got back from that, again, I tired riding him across the bridge and Chance went like a dream. He stopped momentarily when he came upon one of the two expansion joints. He sniffed it and went right on. Other than that momentary stop, he set one foot in front of the other and went. Funny, when he decided to do it, it was like he has been crossing bridges all his life. There have been some heated discussions lately on how to handle horses. I don't mind taking a bit of extra time. Maybe you can see the bridge out in the distance.
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Just got back from a super 5 day camping trip with @4horses, @LoriF, and @lb27312 along with my nice neighbor at Princess Place near St. Augustine and one of lb27312's friends. We spent a couple of days riding on the beach and a couple of days riding at Princess Place. We had such a great time. The weather cooperated. We had warm mild days and pleasant cool nights for sleeping. LoriF brought Novia, her young mare. Last year on this camping trip, LoriF got bucked off of Novia. This year Novia did fabulous, including some beautiful beach canters. LoriF has done a fine job of training her. Currently 4horses doesn't have a fit horse to take camping for 5 days (soon to be rectified now that Honor has been weaned), so she has Acicate.

On the last day, @4horses and I went to the beach again before going home. I had recently read that horses benefit in many ways from galloping. I don't gallop all that much, but the beach is so conductive to a fine gallop. I don't believe I have ever asked Chorro to gallop flat out as fast as he could run. When I was a teenager, I did it often, but now that I am old, I never race anymore. Chorro and Aci gave it their all. It was pretty exciting. We discovered Aci is amazingly fast for being such a little guy. I think he would have passed Chorro if we had galloped flat out longer.

Here are some pictures of our great 5 days together.

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Yes! Just got back from a wonderful time camping with horse forum friends! Great time and such nice people! Glad I was able to meetup with them!

Here’s a pic of walking out to the beach…

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@LoriF taking my picture while I took hers….. lol
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It was a great trip! I felt honored to meet everyone and Chorro and Aci as I’ve read so much about them… Novia is beautiful and really good!

I had a good time but something is up with Chal’s left hind…. He was carrying himself rea weird… and ended up pretty lame when he came off the trailer at home…. I don’t like South Carolina roads…. Sooo many potholes that I think it didn’t help… I’ll get it figured out. I sooo wanted to gallop with my friends on the beach!

What a great beach… everyone was awesome and a few people came up when I was walking back with Chal and I let them pet Chal and a few said I made their day!
 

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And the other side of the picture from @lb27312
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I had a super time with friends old and new. Novia did great this trip, I was proud of her. She even put a foot into the ocean when I walked her in. It was worth the wet boots.
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When I took Novia back to the barn, I hung out a little bit and was talking to some of my barn friends. Apparently where they live, which is not too far south from where we rode on the beach, there are certain individuals that don't like seeing horses on the beach. I think it was at Hammock Beach. It has something to do with the poop.

When we get a permit, which is free, we have to take a test before we can get it. It's mostly about the rules and making us aware of the wildlife. Staying off of the dunes, don't destroy the habitat, we have to ride at low tide and stay below the high tide line. The ocean tide comes up and washes the horse poo away. The counties do not have a problem with this and know that it is not the same thing as carnivore poop. They specifically say that there is no expectation to pick up the poop as it just washes away. Makes me wonder if these certain individuals ever think about the tons of fish poop, whale poop and whatever else is in the ocean. The worst being man made pollution. After all, everything that eats also poops in some form. There are also certain times of the year that riding is not allowed. No ride time is from spring break until Nov. 1st at the beach that we rode at.

So back to the conversation with the friends. They said that just recently that a group rode on the beach only to find out that someone went up to their trailers and loosened the lug nuts on the trailer wheels. Boy, I wish someone would have spotted that and recorded it. That's just horrible. I don't know how they realized that the lugs were loosened because they didn't say anything about an accident.

Seriously, does horse poop annoy someone so much that they are willing to kill over it?
 

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Looks like a wonderful trip. I too am jealous, since my riding time will be limited now until at least May. Glad you all had so much fun.
As far a people worried about poop- We have that too. The mountain bike riders don't like us on shared trails because we leave poop and hoofprints. ???? trash, human waste, dog waste - that's all ok? but a bit of horse poop ruins their ride!
 

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When I took Novia back to the barn, I hung out a little bit and was talking to some of my barn friends. Apparently where they live, which is not too far south from where we rode on the beach, there are certain individuals that don't like seeing horses on the beach. I think it was at Hammock Beach. It has something to do with the poop.

When we get a permit, which is free, we have to take a test before we can get it. It's mostly about the rules and making us aware of the wildlife. Staying off of the dunes, don't destroy the habitat, we have to ride at low tide and stay below the high tide line. The ocean tide comes up and washes the horse poo away. The counties do not have a problem with this and know that it is not the same thing as carnivore poop. They specifically say that there is no expectation to pick up the poop as it just washes away. Makes me wonder if these certain individuals ever think about the tons of fish poop, whale poop and whatever else is in the ocean. The worst being man made pollution. After all, everything that eats also poops in some form. There are also certain times of the year that riding is not allowed. No ride time is from spring break until Nov. 1st at the beach that we rode at.

So back to the conversation with the friends. They said that just recently that a group rode on the beach only to find out that someone went up to their trailers and loosened the lug nuts on the trailer wheels. Boy, I wish someone would have spotted that and recorded it. That's just horrible. I don't know how they realized that the lugs were loosened because they didn't say anything about an accident.

Seriously, does horse poop annoy someone so much that they are willing to kill over it?
It is highly possible that the loose nuts on the trailer(s) is accidental and not intentional. People jump to all kinds of conclusions. At least that is the way it is around where I live, I'm sorry to say. On the other hand, there're a bunch of crazies out there.
 

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Looks like a wonderful trip. I too am jealous, since my riding time will be limited now until at least May. Glad you all had so much fun.
As far a people worried about poop- We have that too. The mountain bike riders don't like us on shared trails because we leave poop and hoofprints. ???? trash, human waste, dog waste - that's all ok? but a bit of horse poop ruins their ride!
I get jealous when I see people riding all summer long.
Even though I rode Novia throughout the summer because now is not a good time to just let her sit, I hate it. It's just too dang hot down here in the summer. And buggy. It was mostly arena riding and for short periods at a time. If I could ride early morning like Knightrider does, that would probably be better but my schedule doesn't permit it. My preference is just to skip July, August, and September.
 

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It is highly possible that the loose nuts on the trailer(s) is accidental and not intentional. People jump to all kinds of conclusions. At least that is the way it is around where I live, I'm sorry to say. On the other hand, there're a bunch of crazies out there.
I suppose that is a possibility, but if they had the wherewithal to look at them in the parking lot, it seems like it would be someone that checks everything before they leave from anywhere including leaving home. I wouldn't have thought to check that kind of thing before going home from an outing. Now I will.

Anyway, to heck with the creeps. Just a word of warning to check this. 99% of the people we encountered were either taking video's of us riding or wanted to come and pet the horses and talk. Most enjoyed it.
 

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When I took Novia back to the barn, I hung out a little bit and was talking to some of my barn friends. Apparently where they live, which is not too far south from where we rode on the beach, there are certain individuals that don't like seeing horses on the beach. I think it was at Hammock Beach. It has something to do with the poop.

When we get a permit, which is free, we have to take a test before we can get it. It's mostly about the rules and making us aware of the wildlife. Staying off of the dunes, don't destroy the habitat, we have to ride at low tide and stay below the high tide line. The ocean tide comes up and washes the horse poo away. The counties do not have a problem with this and know that it is not the same thing as carnivore poop. They specifically say that there is no expectation to pick up the poop as it just washes away. Makes me wonder if these certain individuals ever think about the tons of fish poop, whale poop and whatever else is in the ocean. The worst being man made pollution. After all, everything that eats also poops in some form. There are also certain times of the year that riding is not allowed. No ride time is from spring break until Nov. 1st at the beach that we rode at.

So back to the conversation with the friends. They said that just recently that a group rode on the beach only to find out that someone went up to their trailers and loosened the lug nuts on the trailer wheels. Boy, I wish someone would have spotted that and recorded it. That's just horrible. I don't know how they realized that the lugs were loosened because they didn't say anything about an accident.

Seriously, does horse poop annoy someone so much that they are willing to kill over it?
Really!? 😂
 

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Yay @zacknsam! You are on the Forum! Welcome! It was great having you on the trip and getting to know you. I hope we have hundreds more fun rides together. I am crazy about your Morgan, and I know @egrogan would be too. So, start a thread about him with lots of pictures and we will all enjoy it. (He is the dark horse with the bareback rider in the pictures). Wow, that picture of @lb27312 riding with the double image on the wet sand is a stunner. @LoriF , you sure know how to take a good photo.
 
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