Thursday, September 8, 2011

The first of September and APHA ride

September is such a wonderful month. First of all we close all activities at the Fort. After putting in I don't know how many hours at work the past three or four weeks; dealing with difficult people, loss of employees and 12 to 16 hour days I am always ready for the end of the season. Then wonderfully here comes Sept. and horse rides and less hours and life is as it should be. This year I have made the ride day 1 and 2 and today is the third day. Now sitting on a horse for 6 or 7 hours a day might not be everyone's perfect day but for me it is. I rode my ole' horse Nugget the first day and my new Paint for the rest of the days. 

Sugar made some new friends on the ride - for a green broke horse and never having much of an experience she did really good.

Leaving the watering hole.
See the red flags on the horses tails? That means - don't get to close, they may kick. We didn't, see Sugar's ears at the bottom of the photo? We were careful.

Some times  it was straight down, but Sugar never failed, she traveled along nicely, but the gal in front of us bailed three times because she thought she was going over the edge.
We stretched out for  over a mile when we had to ride single file.
 Looks like a bunch of ants on top of the hill.
The 'ole watering hole'! 
When I stopped with Nugget she would barely get her feet wet, probably the first time in her 20 years that she had to walk into a lake to get a drink but when Sugar got to the lake she dove right in, deeper and deeper, like she needed to get in the lake further to get more water and the poor hot little thing didn't want to get out.
Well it's 4 in the morning and time to go get the horses up for our next leg of the journey. We have to trailer to the spot we are going. Today will be in timber and I am anxious to get back in the saddle.

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