Due to a persistent eye infection, Amal has not been out on the trails since Oct. 22nd. That's 50 days. Today I saddled him up and we rode for 6.75 miles solo in the National Forest. No lunging. No riding him in an arena or around the barn. No company. Pull him away from his buddies, saddled him up and go. A saddle maker I met 3 months back told me when he found out I rode Arabians, "I feels sorry for you. I had one once." I replied, "With all due respect, I have been riding Arabians for over 30 years and have own a few. I feel sorry for you." Of course, that was a biased opinion. lol. The photo is from today's ride.