Saturday, July 18, 2015

Trail Riding: It's good for the brain

In lieu of doing a detailed lesson analysis or anything actually difficult today, I wanted to share some photos of recent trail riding adventures. Enjoy!
The whole team ready for action!
My dogs are welcome at the barn, but must be on-leash on barn property. That's okay, as I already had devised this hellishly-unsafe method of leashing wayward huskies. Once we hit the proper trails,  I just unhook them and go!

A branch in the trails...
The trails themselves connect fields and farms through the woods. While the paths around the fields are typically lovely mowed galloping paths (some with cross country fences!), the wooded paths are quite narrow and rocky, with a ton of water crossings.

Want to find water? Just follow a dog...
In the summer, these guys are water magnets!
Unlike the dogs, Pig despises water. He will do anything to avoid getting in it, or being in it long. Usually that means coming to a stop and making ugly faces at the stream, or dancing and rearing.
"Please no..."
Luckily, I have met a ton of people who love going for trail rides and have trustworthy water crossers! This has lead to hours of fun exploring the nearby properties and splashing through creeks.
It's feels good to have a horse who will both lead and follow without complaint!
Of course, we do usually find our way back to the farm, where the lanes are the widest and the prettiest...
Run happy dogs! Run!

12 comments:

  1. Those trails look gorgeous! Awesome that you have buddies to ride out w too. Solo trail rides can be soothing and relaxing - but it's definitely fun to have a group too

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  2. Argh ... the GREEN! It's hurting my eyes!!!!! It's not that green in the dead of winter (when we get our water) here in central CA. Wouldn't mind giving that a try. :0)

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    1. Call my friends back in Indiana, they'd be happy to get you some water!!

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  3. So jealous. I thought I was gonna be able to bring Sonny to my new barn but now I can't.

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    1. That's awful! Being able to bring my dogs along is a HUGE necessary point at any barn!

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  4. Yah I'm jealous of all the green too! Your trails are amaaazing and it's so great you get to bring your dogs!

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  5. Don't be too jealous! It's going to be nearly 100° today with a humidity level of about 90%. Groooooss!

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  6. SO FUN and your dogs are SO GOOD. If I tried to bring Max on a trail ride he would run away and be lost forever...

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    1. I won't lie, I have a secret weapon (a shock collar). It has worked miracles on the dogs, who are both pretty darn off-leash confirmed now. I don't trust them out of my sight, but they are honestly very good puppies.

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  7. So much awesome green, we've had a hot summer and there is very little green left around the yard only sunbleached paddocks so far as the eye can see

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