We have a special place we like to ride before dropping the horses off, and today was the perfect day for a ride there. It's across the road from where our horses used to go for the winter. Sunny, sunny, in the 40's, slight breeze - it just doesn't get better for us at this time of year.
|Washoe, Estes, Jesse, Beel - yes, I opted for a saddle; elbow still isn't up to hauling myself up bareback.|
Welcome to Hall Ranch, home of the mountain lion - and we think we spotted a track. We headed off on the horse portion on the trails, with a gentle climb over rock.
Shortly after this picture, Beel's camera decided to quit working. While he was playing with it, Washoe decided to have a quick bite, and while trying to correct that Beel accidentally popped the battery compartment open, sending his camera batteries flying to the ground . Oops! Needless to say, Beel and Washoe had to have a bit of a discussion ...
|Honest, Beel, I didn't steal any grass! You should have seen the wad Beel pulled out of his mouth!|
In the background of this next picture, you can see the horses' old hangout.
OK, here's proof ... the hand holding the camera is attached to the 'formerly' broken elbow. I don't have full strength (Bill had to heft my 45 lb. saddle) and not quite full range of motion, but pretty darn close.
By this time, Jesse had decided it was hot and started her shaking routine. That horse starts at the nose and shakes all the way through her tail!!!
... and then you stroll off like nothing happened. You just gotta laugh.
All too soon, we had to head back...
Overlooking the bluffs we had come up ...
Low hanging branch, even for short horses and riders. LOL
Stairs! Well, not quite as impressive as the ones we did at HCR 2 ... but still considered a trail obstacle.
Ranger got the day off, mostly because we can only haul three at a time, and he is the only one that will stay home alone without causing trouble - like hollering for the other horses the WHOLE time they're gone. And believe me, Beel did his share of complaining about having to ride a taller horse. Notice his feet aren't dragging the ground..
|From L-R: Meeker (Estes' 1st daughter), Brownie in back, Digger (Meeker's daughter), Peanut, Baby Meeker (Meeker's last year foal), Audobon (Estes's second daughter), Doc, Andromeda (black in back, the full Friesien), and Dakota (Audobon's daughter)|
|Estes' grand-daughter, Dakota.|
It was a wonderful end-of-season ride.
Bionic Cowgirl, signing off.