Saturday night I checked the weather forecast, and Sunday's chances for rain were low and the temps were reasonably low for the time of year (mid-80s) -- perfect trail ride weather! I messaged a few friends to see if anyone wanted to haul out with me (or just meet at my house and ride one of my hooligans), but of course being such short notice, everyone had plans. Oh well -- not one to let the day pass me by, I decided to haul out solo! I rode Cinna in the morning, then took a brief break for a friend to stop by to pick up my Schleese on trial. Fingers crossed it finds its new home, it's too nice to just keep sitting in my tack shed :) then I had some laundry and things to do around the house, so I didn't hit the road until about noon. The drive was fine, although there seemed to be quite a bit of traffic on 70 -- good practice for our drive to our lesson! As I pulled in, four riders were just finishing up, and loading into the other two trailers in the parking lot. We exchanged pleasantries, then I headed out.
|Pre-ride snack of Outlast, yum. |
I realized belatedly that we hadn't fixed my stirrups since T borrowed my saddle
, and my legs are not nearly as long as hers, lol. I didn't feel like getting off to fix them, and since we were just walking, it was fine. We didn't see a soul for the first half hour, then started to run into mountain bikers with alarming regularity. Aside from the first pair (who caught me off guard), the rest were very polite and we all maneuvered around each other carefully.
|Creeks were low, so she didn't do much drinking, just mostly splashed water around -- goober. |
|The trail is mostly wooded, but we did enjoy a few forays into the sunshine. |
|I did trot on one of the longer stretches, but quickly gave up since I couldn't reach my stirrups haha. |
|Hands free is the way to be :)|
|We also ran into a few hikers -- they were all eager to pet Ruby, and I dispensed cookies with abandon (which is her favorite, haha). |
|Briefly saw the lake, but the trail I was on loops away from it. |
|Trail miles are the best miles <3 my soul needed this. |
|One of the grassy areas adjoined some houses, and there were folks out there with a saw trying to cut down a tree. Ruby had some CONCERNS, so I waited for them to stop and then we politely skirted them and got the hell out of dodge lol. |
|We stopped at the second to last water crossing because a family with two young kids were there and they wanted to come pet Ruby (and I wanted her to splash in the water and hopefully drink before getting back on the trailer for the hour drive home). I wish I'd taken some photos of them all together, it was darling. The girls were feeding her cookies and giggling wildly every time she snuffled their hair. Her head was about as big as their entire bodies, but they had no fear, just wanted to love on her. She is the best trail ambassador ever :) |
|Last water crossing, she still just wanted to splash and snort around instead of drink. |
|Some grazing before the drive back. |
I had been texting DH regular status updates (he couldn't come because he had a funeral to attend), and when I called him on the way home he asked me if we just met up at the trail head.... "We?" -- "Yeah, you and your friends"... "No, I rode alone?"... he was HORRIFIED haha. I am pretty sure I had told him I was going alone, but I guess it didn't really stick, oh well. The drive home was equally uneventful, and I hosed Ruby off and turned her out.
I didn't realize how long it had been since I made a haul like that completely alone -- back when I was showing a lot (pre-blog era) it was no big deal for me to load up two horses and haul to a show 2 hours away and show off my trailer all day, but I really scaled back on my trips from 2016 on and I was a little surprised that the first few minutes made me a little nervous before I settled back into my normal solo routine. Looking forward to reacquainting myself with those feelings as I work towards some new goals!
This is so fun! I desperately want to trail ride alone now that Connor is sensible enough for it, but I'm just so anxious about the rattlesnakes and bees and all that. Plus the state park we ride in doesn't have the best cell service should something happen. Sigh.ReplyDelete
I hadn't considered being anxious about snakes and bees before but now I know what I'll be thinking of next time I ride alone, lol. Maybe you can start small with just planning a super brief ride and make sure someone knows exactly what your plans are and a timeline to check in?Delete
We are going to have to make plans sometime in the fall to meet you to ride there - just looks like fun and we haven't hauled anywhere new in ages!ReplyDelete
Absolutely! I am always game for meeting up to trail ride :-DDelete
Trailing is so fun and I miss it. What a good girl Ruby isReplyDelete
I love it so much! Particularly on Ruby, she is such a good egg. I love how much she loves it!Delete
This actually sounds like such a wonderful outing. Sometimes it's nice to spend some qt with just you and your horse.ReplyDelete
I totally relate to the going alone initial angst. I'm already anxious about shipping out to show again, and I haven't even put one on the schedule yet!
When she was boarded out I trail rode alone pretty much weekly, and I sort of forgot how much I missed it!Delete
I feel you on that one! FB memories keeps reminding me that in the summer of 2015 I hauled out solo to shows about every other week and I'm sitting here thinking "girl where did you get that much energy and gumption" - I must be getting old, lol.
Soooo wish I could take one of my boys out alone. Mort isn't quite brave enough and also would panic being left at home alone if I took Blue.ReplyDelete
Sounds so nice to just load up and haul out on a trusted horse. Good for you.
It's definitely nice to have a horse that trustworthy. Definitely wouldn't attempt with Cinna at the moment, lol.Delete
Sometimes all you really need is a long trail and the company of no one other than a good horse <3ReplyDelete