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post #961 of 1366 Old 07-27-2018, 01:31 PM
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Finally! I got a slight break in the weather and saddled up Tango for a much needed ride. Heading out, he was being an idiot and refused to walk up our road, so I dismounted and walked him past the (not!) scary items he was so looky about. Once he figured out we weren't going to quit and go home, he settled in and we had a nice ride.

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Tango - 5.04 miles / my 2018 miles - 89.92

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post #962 of 1366 Old 07-27-2018, 07:52 PM
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I have ridden twice since last posting. We had great rides. I'll write more later when I get off this cleaning rampage that I have been on for two days. I usually don't clean up for company............

Total for year is 128. If my house weren't so clean it would be more. Dangit.

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post #963 of 1366 Old 07-27-2018, 10:23 PM
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Back-to-back rides with Hamlet (yesterday) and Key (today). With Hamlet, I kept to the (dirt) road for the warm-up walk portion, then turned into a long driveway to a farm which leads through the conservation area, ultimately turning into the woods trails to return home. Hamlet can outrun the flies, no sweat. They were swarming, but not too many were landing - I kept an eye on his neck to eliminate the bravest ones. I think he had a better time than me: There wasn't a lot of head shaking because of the fly spray and my intervention, and he got to pick the speed almost all the way home. The constant whirring and buzzing, around his head and mine, drove me nuts, and it was hard to keep my cool for the horse.

My first solo w/t/c ride on the trail with Key today. His feet are getting stronger, so a smooth dirt road, somewhat soaked my rains, posed no hardship. He's not conditioned enough to make a run for home in the woods, so it was a U-turn for him, back along the road that was exposed to a breeze, and thus almost bug free (by comparison). He was a doll - no spook, no fuss, no arguments. It's been a while since I hand-walked him down the trail and had to convince him to cross a dried, white-colored stream bed, and today he acted like he's been riding out solo all his life. He's just getting a little out of breath still on the uphills, and I need to see how he'll do with uneven, debris-strewn forest trails. I am so ready for cooler weather! Maybe he'll get more frisky, too, then!!

Fate had me suddenly switch from riding two mares to riding two geldings...still having a blast, still getting schooled by TBs how varied in personality, but overall awesome, they are.
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post #964 of 1366 Old 07-28-2018, 10:27 AM
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So glad to hear you ultimately had a good ride, @Change !
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post #965 of 1366 Old 07-28-2018, 11:01 PM
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Have been able to go riding six times in July and add 40 miles to my total. So now I have 225 miles for 2018. Getting there. Actually, the weather hasn't been too miserable in the last ten days, or so. We do need rain, though.
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post #966 of 1366 Old 07-29-2018, 09:46 AM
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Way to go, @charrorider !

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post #967 of 1366 Old 07-29-2018, 04:13 PM
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It feels it's been raining here forever-ok, at least nonstop since last weekend-but managed to get in a couple of good rides this weekend.

Friday afternoon we just barely beat the thunderstorms, but we made it! Skies were rumbling and clouds were threatening, but I got untacked just as the first drops were starting.


This morning, we got a bit of a break from the 98% humidity that's been with us all week, and blue summer skies go with it.




Lots of up and down hills on this route!

Total 2018 miles: 86.7
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post #968 of 1366 Old 07-29-2018, 08:59 PM
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Ride-out with Key, and lesson with Hamlet. Because the terrain still poses enough of a challenge for Key so I won't have to worry about his brakes, I picked a flatter piece for his canter and let him go. I think he's slowly catching on to the idea that there is no U-turn, and he took advantage of that. I think if he could do the same thing in a field he'd speed up a little more, but he had a good time stretching his legs. He really worked hard today, so I pinched some high-cal feed for him to snack on after the ride. I really hope I'll be still able to ride him once my lease runs out (for a half lease I can ride him three times a week, way too much for the school year AND Hamlet), but since nobody else is riding him (he's not a lesson horse, and BO hardly has time to ride her stallion), I'm keeping my fingers crossed. On the other hand, Hamlet is making such good progress that there's no way I'll drop him to ride Key "full time", and my wife isn't ready by a long shot to take on Hamlet by herself.
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post #969 of 1366 Old 07-29-2018, 09:08 PM
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Zexious. Thanks. Actually, I miscounted the miles. It was 48 for the month. lol.
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post #970 of 1366 Old 07-30-2018, 09:44 AM
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@egrogan - Oh my gosh, noooo
We're experiencing similar weather. Until I moved to Texas, I didn't even know there was such a thing as 98% humidity--at least not without actual precipitation xD!

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