Riding season at it’s best.

Yesterday was the perfect day for riding. It was slightly windy and somewhat cool. I chose Jewels as my mount. I hadn’t ridden her in months. She bucked Makayla off the last time she rode her. I did realize later that day, Makayla hadn’t checked her gear for problems. There were two stickers in the cinch. That would make any horse uncomfortable. Even though he was aware, my husband insisted Makayla ride her first.  He’s wise in his old age and mentioned she can take a fall much better than I can at my age. Jewels rode off a bit to fast, but with a few SR stops she settled in to a walk. Ron felt satisfied Jewels was going to ride okay for me. We loaded up the horses and took off about 2:00pm. One of Makayla’s girlfriends was going with us. She had her own horse, so it was just a matter of swinging by and picking them up.

Our destination was uncertain at this point. We all decided since it was late in the day, we’d postpone our trip to Lake Lavon. None of us wanted to drive an hour away, only to be able to ride for a short time. Our horses aren’t in the best shape to ride for more than 2-3 hours anyway. I’m in no shape to ride for more than half the distance for sure. lol I am a bit hard headed which enables me to push on even when I’m hurting. I’ll never get any better if I settle for less. I definitely feel much better than I did last year at this time. Back to trail riding. Our drive time was short. We ended up at The Great Trinity Forest Gateway and Horse Trails. Can’t beat it for being only 10 minutes from our house. There is ample enough parking for the largest rig. Hitching posts to tie our horses to and drinking water for us all. We can ride nearly 1 1/2 hours in to the interior of the park. There are many trails to choose from. From beginner to advanced trail negotiations. I prefer the advanced.

The Trail Head.

Yesterday we rode further out than usual. To our surprise, there were many creeks and gulley’s to ride through. There were plenty of steep inclines to ride up and downhill. It was quite an education for Jewels. She baulked at water crossings. I quickly figured out it wasn’t the crossings she was scared of. It was my micro-managing her while she navigated an obstacle that pissed her off. Finally after taking a deep breath and trusting her to make the right decision, we had no problems. She was soon crossing the creeks with ease. As we were riding further out, we got to where they were going to put the bridge across the river. It’s expected to be completed in 2015. That gateway will be miles more of great trail riding across the river. While riding the area, we discovered a trail that would take us farther out this side of the river. Having ridden for 2 hours we headed back. We’ll save this for our next trip to the park.

We took the shady route back to the truck and trailer. It was a peaceful ride. The trees over-head were beautiful to look at. The trails are nicely marked and wide enough to team up side-by-side. What a lovely day of riding. The girls went a little faster than we did. I didn’t mind. Jewels needed some time alone to learn being solo wasn’t going to hurt her. She was a bit nervous at first when she couldn’t see the other horses. A few SR stops and disengaging her hinds quarters to gather up her mind, she quickly settled in to a walk. She was low-headed and looked at every obstacle in her path. After I ride her for the summer, she should turn out to be a spectacular trail riding machine. When we returned to the picnic area there were some small kids surrounding the girls on their horses. They all wanted to ride. I let the parents know I didn’t mind if they were going to be responsible in maintaining control over their children waiting. Handsome was the mostly likely mount for such a task. Each one of the children got a ride and their pictures taken. The parents were grateful for the opportunity. After that, we called it a good day and went home. Until next time. Happy horsing around!

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