Sunday dawned a perfect, if cool, autumn day. I thought we had arrangements to go trail riding. DH thought he had arrangements with some friends to cut wood with his new log splitter. I grumped around a little in the morning, but figured I'd end up just schooling at home instead of enjoying the beautiful trails. But both the people he made plans with bailed on him, so he hooked the trailer in a snit and declared we were going riding... haha. I wasn't going to look a gift horse in the mouth, so I tossed everything in the trailer and we headed out!
|Longboi doing LONGBOI THINGS. Because of the trailer needing some routine maintenance, this is actually the first time we hauled out with the new truck and my trailer and it made me exceptionally happy.|
|Our favorite trail! Indian Camp Creek. Only two other trailers in the parking lot, I was a little surprised.|
|DH and Trigger, moseying along at their own pace, as always. |
|Not really warm enough to play long in the water, although Ruby did start pawing so I moved her through pretty quick. I wasn't interested in starting the ride soaking wet when it was only 60 degrees, haha.|
We'd been riding for about half an hour when on one of my "pause and wait for DH and Trigger to catch up" breaks, he called out to me. "Have you been feeding my horse some kind of new supplement? He's being weird... but like a good weird?" I asked him what he meant, so he elaborated. We've had Trigger a long time -- 11+ years at this point. On the trail, he has AWAYS done the following: walked at the speed of a turtle stampeding through peanut butter (unless a return to the trailer is imminent), intentionally scraped your leg into trees or bushes as frequently as possible, and voraciously attempted to grab snacks any time you're not paying 100% attention to steering him. These aren't my favorite behaviors, but he is SO SO bombproof and good for everyone else to ride that I have kind of let those slide (although when I trail ride him I don't let him get away with ANY of that). On this ride, he was doing NONE of those things. He was pleasantly ambling along (still not at Ruby's pace, but with enough forward for DH to comment on it), not obsessively snacking, and not smashing legs into trees.
|"Excuse me I do NONE OF THOSE THINGS... well... okay maybe I do" -- Trigger, definitely|
|I just love this trail so much. It has everything. Woods. Open fields. Water crossing. Hills. Single track. Places you can ride side by side. So many new things to expose horses to without overfacing them. LOVE. |
|We even saw Bigfoot!|
(okay so it was a giant cutout of bigfoot someone painted black and stuck in the woods, for God knows what reason lol)
|Ruby always has her happy, interested ears on here. She loves it as much as I do. |
|They've been re-doing some of the roads you have to cross and Ruby thought the new black asphalt was VERY SUSPICIOUS (a la the Sanderson sisters in Hocus Pocus hahah). After a good sniff, she tip toed across it gingerly.|
|Also had to check out the benches. THERE COULD BE COOKIES OKAY?!|
|This is one of my favorite spots to canter on this trail. Ruby and I were waiting for DH and Trigger to catch up. |
|She's a chonk-asaurus rex with delicious dapples right now. |