The weather finally broke on Thursday (back to normal fall temps!!) and I had the day off from potatoes.. so it was saddle time! Gina is trying to get Giselle ready for a camping trip in a month, so we went out together. As always, Giselle is a bit of a pill when she is with strange horses and it doesn't seem to matter that she's met Phin before.. but I look at it as good training for Phin, as he soon ignores her jigging, etc.
We went up to the space needle, then down the rattlesnake trail to the s-turn and home. A bit of that was new trail for Phin, which is always fun. Giselle led most of the time as otherwise she is really silly.. which is just fine with Phin as then the possible monsters will eat her first!
We mostly walked, as Giselle is not very fit. We did a couple shorts trots and during the one canter we did, Giselle pulled off a shoe! Gina has constant issues with her feet, so it wasn't really a surprise but it was still frustrating. Phin did well overall with the mellow pace, though was certainly happy to head for home. So was I, in all honesty, as only walking just kills me physically.
13.51 miles, 1528 feet of climb, 3.4 mph average pace, 71F real feel
While we were out, I got a call from the vet: George's second EPM test came back positive with a 75% probability of active infection. *sigh* We started him on Marquis that evening. Fingers and toes crossed this is the answer and he responds to treatment!!