I would have posted these yesterday, but after the long day, I ended up going with my parents to see the CIA-thriller movie with Naomi Watts and Sean Penn about the Bush administration’s outing of undercover agent,
Valarie Plame … uh, I mean Joe Wilson’s wife, and came home and pretty much zonked out.
But I woke up early today and started editing my trail pictures, so here they are! Mitch was happy and eager to load up yesterday when I met Donna at the barn. Hopped right in the trailer, easy as you please. Dad asked me if Mitch likes going on these trail rides, and I told him Mitch loves getting on the trailer. That should be enough of a clue. If he hated the trail rides, he wouldn’t go on, no matter what. And trust me, if this pony wants his way, he WILL make a statement about it. He could just as easily not budge as opposed to him hopping on the trailer without a second thought.
We went to Summerland’s Greenwell Preserve yesterday. Or we started out there anyway and then went on a nice trail ride through some residential areas and some horse farms. I love living here. We might not always go to wild and exotic back country locations to ride, but we can manage to get a good 3-4 hour ride just going along in our own backyards, practically. Mitch wasn’t too thrilled to have to stand off the shoulder of the parking lot in the weeds, but he took a dump, and I was just as glad that he was in the weeds when he did it.
Eventually, we moved along to this part of the trail that just felt like some surreal fairy-tale world. Like Ireland must feel, all cool and shaded and green. I kept expecting to see fairies, or gnomes peeking out at us. There was ivy everywhere and it was just awesome. A really magical feeling. We got to a little stream, and then stopped and waited for the other two. I love the second picture, with Mitch’s little ears pricked up. It’s how I see the world … through golden ears.
We had to do some roadwork, walking on the road once we hit the end of the trail, and rode up around the reservoir and then back down into the canyon. Going downhill was pretty steep, but Mitch held together. No moar side-passing!! I’m proud of my boy. I feel like we’ve made a vast improvement and we’re really starting to get our made trail-horse thang together.
Once we got back to the trailers, we untacked, and then went to the deli market on the corner to get lunch because it was so late already. Mitch and Red had to wait in the trailer, but they were really good about that. Got home and hosed Mitch down because he got real sweaty. Definitely can’t wait to clip him so he feels better.
I also think I’m going to consider hoof boots. Most of the time, Mitch has good hooves and doesn’t need them, but some trails can be really rocky. I’ll have to think about that anyway.
Yesterday was fun! I’m going to put my dressage saddle on the pony today and walk him around since he did hard work yesterday, but still needs to get out today.