The mare and I start off on an adventure, solo into the woods of uncharted trails...my friend has saved the best for me as we discovered -new to her-areas last weekend but ran out of time. I wanted to see if the trail we found, had a loop to it.
I am tired of trails and roads with one way in and out.
I also hope to find less roads and hopefully less hills to have to come home on! I seek a lovely footed trail with flat/soft surfaces.
I know they are around here, as we have the Forest Ranger living so close at hand!
So after about a nice 2 hour loop,YESSSSS Loop, we found one of the nicest, longest, gradual hills midway through it with many, many "jutting off" trails that I will have to bring markers for in future rides.
The Long Hill was very kind, all flat with no rocks whatsoever!
My mare has NEVER asked to stop,save one time on the beach when I let her pick the time to stop. She actually asked twice on this hill.
This is going to be a very fit season coming, I predict!
We made it back home before the third wave of snowy weather began....so I untacked and put her cooler on. Even though she has a trace clip..the longer hair on her neck and body were quite wet.
I am so proud of my Thoroughbred mare...going into unknown territory with little to no hesitation. We encountered many new trails and sights and sometimes odd sounds.
We had a rather large herd of multicolored and sized goats run up to us at one point. The trail was narrow and I wondered if my mare would decide to blaze a new direction for it- like sideways...NOPE! She tweeked and ear, and that was it!
A large "pony sized" dog we heard (I spied)made her a tiny bit nervous as we neared a property..her memory of recent offenses, serves her well.
She will eventually calm, I believe. Though, I do plan on caring "Bear mace" soon, for our higher mountain areas we now ride, just in case of an animal offender or other predator-2 or 4 legged.
All in all, it has been an eventful week..and it is only Tuesday!
My friend and I visited a stable today that she may copy for her own indoor space next year. Until then, we will trailer in to ride ,for a very reasonable price. PLUS+++We got a nice surprise of being able to receive lessons with a clinician that trained under Debbie McDonald !
I am so pleased with these promising outcomes for the mare and I.
Thankful to God for the "Kick start", to achieve and grow!