Tuesday, June 26, 2018

time out ride

Today I am taking you along with me as we load up some ponies 
                            and head out to the canyons.  
Three rigs and a car
My trailer and Lisa's old truck
Jeanna's rig
Victoria's new 3 horse and Don's truck
Yeah, we are organized.
The teenagers had their own vehicle, but we hauled their horses.
We knew they wanted to snapchat or whatever.
We arrived, tacked up and got going.
Temperatures rise.
Lisa, Pam, Jeanna, Beth, Alfredo, Victoria, Rachel and Aversa
Don and I are in front, because we both don't chat much.
The rest of this group were chatting since they hadn't seen each other in...oh...10 minutes. :-) 
Nick's rear and mine.  Plus Don and Chief in the lead. We are slowly warming up and heading out of the developed part of the park.  We had 3 green horses on the ride so we were careful.
Pam lost her cap as we navigated down some stone stairs.  Nick takes the opportunity to eat some veges.
More stairs and Don waits for all to navigate down.  Pam lost her cap AGAIN.  Alfredo and Beth took the teen girls down to the wash for a gallop.  

We crossed the riverbed and climbed back up the canyon. There are no pics of this part because...it was technical, narrow and busy with hikers. Here we are riding along the mesa and are at the halfway point.  I love this picture of Nick as he reaches forward in a relaxed walk.
Back at the campground with happy riders and tired horses.
Black Hawk and Nick,
an equine bromance.

We were back home by 10am and eating lunch at a cafe by 11.  
Life is good.


  1. Very cool! Just curious to know how much water you carry for the horses.

    1. Everyone carries water for themselves. When monsoons start, there will be water in the creeks and washes. The horses (and other wildlife) can get water there. In an emergency, they would probably head down the mountain to the developed part of the park to find water. You can see how green it is and we have not yet had rain. This was a very short ride (about 2 hours)-my horse didn't even go to his water when we got home.

    2. Here in Florida we always carry water even though it is almost always available because it can taste funny ( too much sulphur or salt) to the horses. I think the desert is beautiful and the thought of a dry environment sounds lovely to me!

  2. The handsomeness that is Nick! I bet he is such a nice smooth sensible ride in these areas. I don't get the appeal of the desert and likely never will, but seeing you two enjoy time together on the trails warms my heart, and makes me get my own equine hunk out for a spin around the mountain. Same as ever and he was acting 7 instead of 22. We had a nice few spurts of speed where safe to do so.

    1. Give Cooper and Dandy big hugs for me. Nick is as close to unflappable as I would want. He handles lots of distractions with aplomb, but still is alert to animals. I knew you would enjoy the virtual trail ride, and be proud of having laid a foundation for him. Thank you! Every hiker gave him a smile as he tried to mug them for carrots, bicyclists keep their distance because he owns his space on the trail, and kids think he is adorable. Hevis happy in his job.

  3. I remember the stable near my hotel in Phoenix...glad to hear you beat the heat by riding early. so hot! p.s. I've nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award (info on my post), no pressure :-)

  4. Oh my, thanks!! And yes, the heat is brutal in the summer.


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