Fall Riding

Fall Riding
Indy & Me trail riding in Howell Twp. - Nov. 2010

Monday, October 3, 2011

Meeting the Quads......

Sunday afternoon was a perfect day for a trail ride. I could tell it was a Sunday since I could hear sounds from the homes in the distance: Lawn mowers, weed whackers, & even hearing kids playing ball in the street. As we were deeper in the woods, the sound was of........ Quad's! They were loud and I knew where they were. In the sand pits close to Tullo's track. "Be brave Indy. We are going to get you used to the sounds of Quad's" . Clipplity, clop through the woods. Within 10 minutes around the corner in the woods there were the evil Quads. They were stopped......all 6 of them on our trail! I waved to the man who was standing next to his Quad. The others had on their helmet gear, mud and all. It was 2 families with kids. I said, "We are going to ride next to you so he gets used to you, but don't rev the engines." This is the funny part. As we walked around 1 quad, see above, the boy was scared to death since Indy & I were right next to him. "He's so big!" as he looked up. "Don't worry, he's not going to hurt you.". The Quads started to move on, and Indy was so calm he wanted to turn and follow them! I was thrilled. He passed the Quad test without engines revving.

20 minutes later, we see them again by the Powerlines. We are trotting north and they were coming south. Engines going, not real loud. We stepped off the trail and watched as they zoomed by, waving to each quad rider again. Indy stood calm like he was a mounted patrol horse watching a parade. 2nd Quad test of engines a little louder zooming by = Pass.

10 minutes later as start our bend out of the Powerlines to the entrance of woods, I hear a loud noise sounding like minibikes. Oh crap. As they come around the bend they see my hand up like I was directing traffic and they stopped. These 2 teenagers were so nice. We walked by them close. "When you see me up there, feel free to take off." I must have been nuts. It was only 50 feet away. but the 3rd test was the big one. We were walking on and then they gave big ZOOMS on the minibikes, as they took off. Indy spooked a little, scared him good, but he calmed right down.....thank God! 3rd Test with the minibikes = Pass, but with some spookiness.

We returned back to our horse farm, and my friends with their thoroughbreds heard the Quads. "Were you okay?", they asked. I replied, "Yea.......thank goodness the thoroughbreds didn't come. They would have been flipping !"

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Rainstorm party in the run-In

Friday afternoon is "happy hour" for me. After a long week teaching teenagers, it is a sought after event. "Hello Indy", as I yelled across the field when I arrived at the horse farm. The clouds in the sky looked dreary though, and I could actually feel "rain". He & his girlfriend, Fancy, looked up, and I sensed him say, "How ya doin'? Ya got carrots for us?". For those that don't know Indy, he is a "gavone" and as Mike P. says, "Indy likes to eat!". He lives to eat!

Carrots in hand, and walking towards the field, the sky was just bizarre. Like a painting with puffy clouds above, in different shades of gray. Drip, drop, drip, drop. Could this be a sign to get in his field and get my ass quickly to the run-in shed? As I ran to the run-in, with carrots in hand, Indy & Fancy trotted behind me like I had the Kentucky Derby trophy! With the 2 in the run-in with me munching my carrots, the sky opened up! This was like a Florida rainstorm. Gee, it is loud to hear since the roof of the run-in is a heavy tent material. So, here I was for 15 minutes with 2 horses....what shall we do? Massage and rub them of course! As the rain slowly ceased, Fancy walked out to get her hay....another "gavone' that lives to eat! The photo above, with Indy's tongue a little out, says it all to our "happy hour" trail ride.... "Blah to the rain!".

(Saturday we rode around bareback for "happy hour", and this Sunday afternoon we are going out for a long trail ride)