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Red Hawk

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Posted - 01/29/2006 :  2:14:49 PM  Show Profile Send Red Hawk a Private Message
I couldn't believe the weather, yesterday, for the end of January! Normally, when thinking of our neck of the woods, this time of year, snow covering everything and temps at freezing or below is the norm. So, what came our way? Try 50 degree plus temperatures and a warm breeze! Heck, you would've thought the calander had made a sudden jump to April or May! I didn't hesitate and jumped Terra into the trailer for the short hop over to Lost Bridge West at the southern end of the Salamonie Reservoir.

I was delighted to see I wasn't the only one to take advantage of the nice weather. Three other rigs were already parked in the day rider's area when I arrived... even though I rode by myself. Actually, I felt like I really needed to get out somewhere by myself, so I didn't really mind the solitude(Please be aware that I don't approve of anyone riding by themselves for safety reasons, but it's just something I've done around Salamonie since I was a kid... and it's been a long time since I was a kid.).

I think Terra was just as eager to be out and away from the barn as I was, but she had her own ideas as to how the ride should go. Don't get me wrong. I had a wonderful ride, but there were a couple of places that Terra tried to show she was the boss and not me:

The first time was when we were going up a 30 foot tall hill at maybe a 45 degree slant. Terra wanted to run up, and I decided to let her... never dreaming she was going to kick like a mule at a dead run near the top! Angry, I disciplined her immediately, jerked her around deliberately, and made her walk back down the hill. Once there we turned around, again, and walked calmly up the hill. I praised her, and we continued on.

We have had a huge amount of rain, snow, sleet, you name it over the past few weeks, so it wasn't a surprise to find water in some of the trails reminding me very much of very small creek beds. In one such place I decided Terra was going to walk right through it. Naturally, she thought otherwise. It took six trips through that 20 foot strip of trail before she decided she better walk through the water or we'd be there all day.

Outside of these little minor occurrences, I had a very pleasant ride that was much needed with everything going on in my life, right now. I certainly felt content once we returned to the trailer. Yep, it was just what the doctor ordered.

"God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which there are no horses"
--Robert Browning

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
-- Author Unknown

Trail Boss (Moderator)

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Posted - 01/29/2006 :  2:31:33 PM  Show Profile Send PaintGal a Private Message
Sounds like a great day in the saddle! I haven't been on a trail in forever but have been riding around the farm & I'm still taking lessons.

Karen ~ Trails & Joe Paint Gelding Paoli, IN
"My treasures do not sparkle or glitter, they shine in the sun and neigh in the night." ~~~~~~
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Posted - 01/30/2006 :  8:01:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit tagnrocky's Homepage Send tagnrocky a Private Message
Sounds wonderful, Ginger. We spent saturday demolishing the old stalls in a barn and reinforcing the roof. I sure kept thinking about how nice a day it would be for a ride, but I knew this was for a good cause. The horses wil be in their new home sooner than expected if this weather holds! Thanks for sharing!

Nancy (and Tag & Rocky)
Free & easy down the trail I go......
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