Monday, July 13, 2009

My World with a horse

BEST SLEEP EVER(for horse camping)~

If you have ever been camping when there is a "Bear Alert" in the camp, and have watched documentaries of ( I have)what some of the Bear behaviour is like around humans with nice smelling(tasting)potions and lotions.....Um....sleeping in a tent makes me nervous then. I am one of those ere mentioned sweet smelling(tasting)lotioned-up items in a thin wrapper called-"A Tent"!

NOT ANYMORE! Above was my sleeping quarters for the night this past weekend horse camping.

The friends that invited me along camping, told me to skip pitching a tent and just bring sheets, pillow and blankets from home. They provided the air mattress and I was GOLD! I had just washed the new trailer out and put fresh cedar shavings in it. I put a large tarp down, had an area rug and WALA....Sweet accommodations! My View out of the little side windows to the horsefaces was pretty cool too.

Arrival to 'Riley Horse Camp" was so quick..only an hour from my stable's driveway!

It is a combo of Eastern Oregon and high Mountain terrains. They are sandy, deep and perfect with some round rocks, easily stepped over, by my mare's barefoot hooves. She rather liked the deep sand, and really was able to step out confidently.
The river we rode next to, that contributed to all the creeks, is called "The Sandy River".

We crossed quite a few creeks the first day out...and the mare did well, even though the large round rocks were slick and uneven. It was the quick current that made her we followed my friend on her Mustang "Cazi", through.

This last Creek was deeper than the rest and I was not confident I went up and around to meet the others. I wanted to give the mare a break from the large rocks as well.

It was a nice time with good, sunny weather that first day out. The second day, we made sure to have out rain gear on . Even though it was a heavy drizzle we met many hikers on the trail...allowing us to have our picture taken together!

This was a FIRST for the mare and I...Cazi Is a rather striking "Keiger Mustang" Like "SPIRIT, Stallion of the Cimarron" is, in the movie Disney made. Washashe did not get all the attention ...people were very taken with him. I agree too, he is very awesome!

To see a clip from the Picture of Mustang Cazi-picture below~

It was so fun with such an awesome new riding partner. She likes to train as we go like me, as needed. The views were BIG...everything was large here...big sandy trails, big cut out canyons with rivers flowing through, BIG Boulders! Amazing!

My friend really loves her Mustang Cazi. She has me plait his mane and showed me how he kisses her. It was adorable.

Our only negative were the very bad bugs the first night..they had us all swating and moving around, away from them as we tried to eat us two. I am known for "having it all" when somone needs something, I most likely have it handy to share.... and YUP...I had 2 bug masks. They yielded tons of laughs and were very effective to boot!

The mare and I are resting up for the next few days...but remembering our sweet mountain times!

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  1. Terrific post and photos! Sounds like it was a lot of fun! No place like Oregon and Washington for hiking, riding and camping!

  2. The pictures are great, especially of the horses! Oh, I wish I was home...

  3. Looks like you had a great time! It looks beautiful there!! I will be posting pictures of our day on Saturday riding up at Sheep Springs. I am going out to look at a horse (for myself) this week. Eeek...we'll see. :)

  4. What an awesome time you had and what a great idea to camp in the horse trailer. Thanks for sharing te pictures!

  5. Those big boulders in the creek were crossed very professionally. Great photos!
    Wish I could have been there.

  6. What a great idea sleeping in the trailer! Maybe you could set up a hammock next time... Little mood lighting, a hibache. :)

    Such a beautiful place. Can't wait to see it!

  7. Probably the best things about bugs is they make us grateful for bats.

    This post touched my heart. I love that kiss!

  8. What FUN!!!! Aren't we blessed - first to have the blessing of horses in our lives, second to be able to go to such wonderful places with our horses. Thanks for sharing this great trip.

  9. That looks like such a fun event!
    We are at a family reunion this week and today we went horse back riding - a guided thing. Very basic, but we all had a really great time!

  10. Awesme shots! It's like looking at postcards. Is that a braid on Mustang Cazi? I wouldn't want to be on a tent either if those bears came sniffing my butt or worse, would have me for dinner. Cheers from Bangkok!

  11. Wow. Such an awesome ride and experience. You will have those memories for a lifetime.


  12. Looks like a great trail ride! Love your face nets, I wear one too in the garden in the sumer time. Your top shelf accommodation would be spot on here too, not because of bears but deadly snakes.

  13. Very cool !!!

    What a wonderful place to camp and ride..

    I so enjoyed your post and photos..

  14. WOW!!! what great pictures and what fun! Oh, love the horse trailer/camper you made. That's what I would do too, wouldn't want a bear to eat me!!!
    Love your new header too, that is some gorgeous scenery behind you! Breathtakingly beautiful!!!
    ~Jane and Gilly~

  15. Glad to hear you had a lot of fun!

  16. Oh Kacy, that looks like a great place to ride. Sandy trails huh? Not many of those around here. Camp Riley is one of the camps that I don't think we've ever been to. I'm going to read about it in my little trail book and check it out. So glad you had a good time. Maybe we'll meet up at one of our campouts one of these days. Beautiful pics and beautiful times in the woods!! Love your woodland apartment too!

  17. Great post and captures. Felt like I was along for the ride. Oregon has such a variety of beauty to offer. Nice rides.

  18. Yay for horsey adventures. I love to read about them. Those boulders were cool.

  19. Brilliant idea sleeping in the trailer!! And the ride looked wonderful! good for you having such a nice time with your mare!! Lucky duck!!!

  20. That looks like such a blast!!! And that is the cleanest horse trailer I have ever seen!!!

  21. I lived in Sherwood, Oregon for 12 years and have camped at Riley Horse Camp and ridden in that area. It is a wonderful place, especially this time of year. Looks like a good time was had by all.

  22. What a great trip! I would have been more comfortable sleeping in the trailer too. Wonderful scenery, bet you can't wait to get back. How about instead of wearing the masks for dinner you just put up some screening mesh across the back of the trailer and put the table and chairs in there before you convert to bedtime.Have fun next time.

  23. Your horse camping adventure makes me want to go out and explore the wilderness myself!!

    I loved the photos you shared and the bug masks look like a life saver in times of pests. I can't tell you how many times I've been camping and been harassed by bee's and bugs to no avail.

    The Mustang's mane is beautiful! I love that!

    Your adventures are always fun and inspiring :).

  24. What a great trip you had! And your horse is VERY gorgeaus!!! :)
    @ Michelle ...SHEEP SPRINGS!
    We were there, Camping with our friends 12 years ago, and we were riding for a couple of hours too.
    Fantastic area and Campground, I wish we had facilities like that here in europe!!!


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