The barn had a show on Sunday, which I opted not to show in, since no one could tell me what the trail event entailed, and riding out with N and Cali is much more fun.
It was warm, but the horses seemed pretty happy, especially happy to be with one another. Ashke loves riding out with Cali.
Cali did great until the final mile and a half. She was pretty tired by then. Ashke was still pretty up, but then he's used to traveling that far.
We walked and trotted and cantered some. Mostly walked though, with some nice trotting. Ashke didn't want to trot with his head down, whether it's because his back was tired or if he was behaving the way he was because of Cali (she was in horrible heat and one moment all over him, the next nipping and pinning at him. Poor confused boy) he really fought against relaxing into contact. So, I rode him on a loose rein with one hand most of the day.
J, J, T and R had ridden out ahead of us, so they could maximize their time fishing. J and T have fly fishing poles and J and R were spinner fishing. J and T managed to lose two flies each and both were pretty frustrated by the end of the day. Might try Barr Lake next time - less undergrowth around the edges of the lake.
When we got to the lake, both horses went into the water, although it took some convincing for Ashke. He was disturbed by the wrack at the edge of the water. Once in, they both began pawing, which was entertaining, but more so once Cali began lifting her hoof completely out of the water and smashing it down like a kid stomping in a puddle. I was soaked and Ashke was very wet at the end of that interlude. N and I were both laughing like complete tools. It was too funny for words.
On this long uphill, Ashke and Cali were trotting and Ashke kept jumping the yucca, the sage and any other clumps of green he came across. Makes me so happy, since it is a great indicator of how strong his back is getting, and his haunches.
Can you tell the boy wasn't happy about having to stand still? He is a keep going kind of horse.
He finally lifted his ears. I think N took about a dozen photos. He looks awesome. I wish I didn't look so dumpy. Getting older sucks.
Boys on bikes on their way back to the barn after fishing.
J and J bringing up the rear, carrying the fishing poles for themselves and the boys. It was hot. There were no fish. They were done.
When we got back to the barn the horses were hot and sweaty. N took Cali into the wash stall first and then it was our turn. Ashke, who has been walking in for weeks at the offer of a peppermint, refused. I was hot and tired. I was on the breaking point of losing my cool when N came back over and said, "K, you know you are tired and frustrated right? Take a deep breath and relax." Somehow, that's all it took for me to realize I was frustrated enough to make bad choices. N came over and calmly got Ashke to walk into the wash stall. It was wonderful that she was able to help and I was very grateful. He was happier once the sweat was washed off of him and he was fed carrots in his stall.
I got a new phone on Saturday and my app isn't set up the exact way I want it.
Longest ride Cali has done, so far.