Monday, September 13, 2010
Here is a shot of Woodrow and I getting ready to head out. For those of you interested in horsemanship, yes, I wear a helmet EVERY ride, even at home. The saddle is a Wintec dressage saddle (Isabella Wirth) which I have used for years, even in endurance rides. The saddle pad is a standard trail pad, fitted with pockets for hoofpick, water etc. The pouch at my waist is a cell phone holder, which I also use for a knife, ID, and Carmex. I'm carrying a small whip because it helps reach the horse's face to shoo away bugs, and just in case I need a "motivater" to get out of a tight spot. Let's see, what else? Gloves always, long sleeves in wooded areas, half chaps which aren't visible, and good trail shoes by Ariat. Woodrow is wearing an endurance bridle made of biothane, which is washable. And me? Ever fashionable in lilac breeches, self made lilac shell, and a white hiking shirt. Remember this detail-it's important later.
Here are some of my companions-Amy and her wonderful mare Cameo, Earla and the handsome gelding Taipan:
After organizing 4 horses and riders, some old, some young, we're off:
There were lots of water crossings and the horses enjoyed splashing through-well, Taipan often jumped them...poor Earla. :-) We came to a very boggy area and crossing the first time, we led the horses across. It was quite deep in places and Larry warned us that it was dangerous. We tried to build it up a little with rocks and bark so we, and others, could have safe crossing for the return.
We traveled up the creek further through small meadows, and deep trees. There were lots of dragonflies, a few birds, and no other people. Gorgeous!
Coming back, Amy crossed the bog first with her mare and I followed. Big mistake! Woodrow lost his footing on a rock, slipped to the right, compensated to the left and into the bog we went. 1000 lbs of stuck horse-so I got off. Lilac breeches, white shirt and boots into the muck so Woody could get free on his own.
He's tired, wet and muddy up to his belly, and I am a little less clean than when I started. I'm starting to flash a peace sign at Amy-and I'm still laughing.
(There were no animals harmed in the making of this video.)
9-14-10 update: unfortunately, Woody did get hurt. He is unable to use his right hind leg at the trot and so is on stall rest and bute (horse aspirin). My husband and I are hoping for improvement by Saturday. If there is no improvement, we'll need to take him to Bend, OR for x-rays.
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