Monday, October 21, 2013

The icing on the cake to a great weekend! A ride with a friend...

B had an appointment about 1 1/2 hrs from here, so she swung by for a visit....and a ride!  It was mid afternoon so I chose the 'medium loop' to ride.  It is a nice loop around to the lake and I knew we would get back well before dark.  She had a 2 1/2 to 3 hour drive home.  B has a mustang of her own named Logen.  She has had Logen about 2 years and has had a ball learning new things with her. 

What an awesome day!  Sunny and windy...just beautiful!  It was layed back and very fun to visit.  Okay, layed back is putting it mildly....I would get to talking and find ourselves going at a snails pace.  I had to remind Wyoming that we needed to "walk with purpose!"  Tripp thought he was walking with purpose. 

B rode Tripp, and in spite of him thinking that working two days in a row is against the law, he did great.

B loving on Tripp...

I was trying to get a picture of B on Tripp and Wyoming photo bombed...

B and Tripp are ready to go!  Woo hoo!


And down the trail we go.


This is what you do with a blurry color photo....take the color out of it and make art.  :-)

We were almost to the lake when we met a couple of gals riding.  And I knew one of them!  I had not seen M in years!  She was riding with a friend and they were on Tennessee Walkers.  We chatted a while and B showed them pictures of her Logen.  :-)

We made it to the lake...

I walked Wyoming down the big hill and Beth rode Tripp down.  Sometimes I ride and sometimes I walk them down...depends on how I feel and how I think they feel.  Me?  I needed to walk a bit. 

The last uphill of the ride....I wish we had time to do the loop again!  It was so fun and I was just getting warmed up.

I was trying to get some of those pictures of me with B in the picture behind me.  Taking photos with a phone is hard enough for me, and trying to get them half way clear is another challenge.  This is what I ended up with and it made me laugh.  I thought "Okay, they are not perfect, but they are blog worthy."  Anything that reminds us of how much fun we had is very blog worthy!

Wyoming looking cute!  I used the bitless bridle on him;  I have attached the reins to the side rings and used it as a side-pull.  He still likes to pull on me and the Beta does not release like I think it should.  Well, in all fairness he pulls hard on me at times...I am happy to say I think he is getting better about not pulling, and he is softening up a bit.  (Until he gets stressed....then he is a pulling machine again).  I keep telling myself I need to make something for the other rings so they don't stick out the side.  I have an idea...just need to do it.  You will think it is me.  :-)

We got back to the parking lot and were unsaddling our mustangs when the other gals showed up.  A asked B if she wanted to ride Libby, her new TWH.  B had never ridden a gaited horse...she was in for a treat!  And her smiles says it all!

Then A asked if I wanted to ride her.  I was so excited!  I had not ridden a gaited horse in years, and let me tell you, this girl was the bomb!  She was the smoothest gaited horse I have ever been on.  Okay, it isn't like it has been hundreds or anything like that, but it has been a few.  A got a very good deal on Libby....she got herself a gem in this one!  

Notice the stirrups are a little long for me.  But it didn't matter....she was so smooth I was not going anywhere!  :-)

They got unsaddled and ready to go.  They are going to start a riding group called the Red Boot Ladies or something like that.  There are a lot of women that don't have someone to ride with, and the goal is to make it so nobody has to ride alone.  Some are single and some have significant others who don't ride.  Either way, it is more safe to ride with someone.  Says the girl who rides alone 99.9% of the time....  B and I said we are going to buy red boots!  ;-)

Before we loaded up, we had to get a self portrait of all four of us.  Now that was tough!  Ha ha!

I thought this was the perfect picture to end this entry.   I think B had a great time!  I know I did!


For quite a while I have wanted to have two horses that were rideable, and at least one that I could put someone else on without worrying about something crazy happening.  Yes I know crazy stuff can happen any time any where on any horse.  But I like having one like Tripp who might not be perfect and he might not know some of the cool stuff other horses know, but he is dependable.

Until later....Karen and Tripp who thinks he should have the rest of the month off... 

1 comment:

Beth said...

Gosh aren't the four of us cute! It was a perfect day given to me by one stranger and my friend and her fur kids. I think trail riders sprinkle bits of their souls on the trails for others to use as they need for companionship, laughter, or to help in a time of need. Happy Trails to You! br