We did a little warm up session both directions
for 3-5 minutes in the sand out door and then went on down the trail..to see WHAT we would see. There has been MUCH logging lately and the mare and me, we have opted not to try for a ride with the large machines running. It kind of kills the serenity and also safety of the ride, as the large Dumpy's don't slow for horses they aren't looking out for on a one way road.
FOR THOSE THAT ARE NEW here....This Pacific Northwest area has thousands, if not millions, of Forested lands that are private and governmental owned. We Equestrians either get permission from the private owners to access the lands via horseback, or the Land managers grant us permission via signage, posted at entrances.
It is a privilege to ride these areas and the logging does come with the territory .
"Oregon's Renewable Resource" is what they call it. These parts, have been logged and reforested many times over...and the local signs I read say...that it has been about 30 years. RIPE for the harvest. The harvesting makes new riding opportunities for us too...more graveled roads. I don't have a shod horse so it means a bit less riding for me.
Hoof boots come in handy for the graveled parts, when I don't have to go through any mud.
Hoof boots in muddy soupy stuff- that's a NO GO! They fill up and stretch and then, come off or twist, making me have to come off-to do a fix!
Looking up, we saw the new landscapes~
Looking down, well.....
Mushy, messy...Lovely looking "Forced"Springtime Mud! The large Dumpy's with gravel, have done a number on the roads!!
Fortunately for us, we soon got to higher ground, and that which was not being traveled by the working machines! It was pretty, seeing the snow farther off, in the foothills.
Those glorious foothills were my last years stomping grounds > I can hear them calling..."soon KK and Washashe mare, you will ride upon my forested trails and take in the glorious views from Stoney Mountain again".
And, I can't wait to take my NEW stable mates there too! Wa in her glory leading the way, as she so loves!
The mare and me looked on together there for a short time, then turned homeward bound
to the end of the day rituals of her "Peeking" from the stall...waiting for the coveted treats, she has come to expect before I leave her stable to go on home~myself.
What is cute is...she grabs a hunk-o-hay to munch as she looks and waits for me to return with the anticipated "Specialty"
Wishing you some warm weather mud- of your very own!