The pictures I post were in the San Rafael Swell area, Which straddles I-70
You Have to be careful riding slot canyons in the sumer, because IF a thunderstorm hits. Sometimes even 20 miles away. The water comes rushing down this canyons. I'm sure trailhorserider is aware of this. But folks back east probably are not.
Painted Horse, you know I'm going to turn up on your doorstep one day, right?
Speaking of flashfloods (kinda), this wednesday gone we had 97mm of rain in 2 hours. In my particular area floods aren't a problem, we have too much up and down. However slips on tracks can be real issues. On friday I managed to grab enough time to skive off and have a quick ride. I rode just behind our house, it is a good ride with everything that makes a ride interesting, steep ups and downs, a nice little bit of cantering country and a river crossing, while still only taking an hour and a bit round trip. Anyway Phoenix and I were half way down the first steep hill, we got around a corner and the rest of the track looked as though it had been hosed down, I could see where the massive volume of water rushing down had scoured it out.
At the bottom of the hill was the first slip. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, it was not a particularly big slip, only 2.5 meters wide and just over half a meter deep, however it had some small trees in it's midst. I was tossing up whether to get off Phoenix and let her get herself across and I would wade through as best I could or whether to just chance it and ride her through. I don't know how long I mucked around trying to make up my mind but it was obviously too long for Phoenny, she took matters into her own hands and charged on through. She is so awesome!
Near the top of the rather steep hill nearing home was the next slip. This one was a little bit deeper and nastier, made up entirely of red clay, very sticky and boggy ****. I didn't even get a chance to weigh up the 'to ride or get off' issue. Phoenix didn't even stop, it was belly deep and about four meters wide, she just plunged on through like it was something she did every day. All I could do was sit as still as possible, give her all the freedom she needed to get across and hope like hell we wouldn't get stuck.
So my little quick ride turned into more of an adventure than I expected!
We continued to follow the prescription to cure this terrible sickness.
Todays dose of cure, involved a ride near home on Antelope Island. I ride out there a lot in the winter months. But the sun was out, it was warm, it just didn't matter that we were not exploring new trails.
Anybody for a ride along the beach
A few buffalo that we passed by. They are worried about feed, so they didn't even give us a second look.
We keep watching the snow line creep up the mountain side. Another couple of months and we can ride on top.
Painted horse has the best riding of anyone in North America. I beleive Kevin is in the same state but he never talks or posts pictures about the mountains.
I too would love to live where Painted horse lives and ride in his mountains but it is too far from my family, my work so I guess I am stuck here in Ontario
I am sure Australia can rival the landscape and I would love to see Wild Spot post more pictures?
Went back down today and rode the same area. Snow is all gone now. In fact, it got downright warm. Sunburned my face and arms.
We rode up Chute Canyon across the back of the San Rafael Reef and down Wild Horse. The GPS said it was 22 miles. But I know we lost the signal a few times in the canyons.
This is Chute Canyon
Here we are coming through Wild Horse. It's pretty hard not to bang your knees if you stay on your horse, so we got off and led them.
Gives you an idea of how Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch evaded the law in the old days. It's not a really dangerous trail, But it is pretty technical. Your horse needs to trust you when you ask it to cross obsticles.
Great pictures painted horse. Your riding is so much different than what we have here in New Hampshire, water everywhere (and shoe sucking mud). You can be 1/8 mile away from a house and not see or hear anything from it because of the dense woods and undergrowth. Sure would love to ride out your way sometime.
What do you use for your horses feet when riding in that rocky terrain? Shoes, shoes with borium, or barefoot?