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Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Email: jackereynolds@yahoo.com


December 31, 2011

Observations

 Sad when something as big as a horse can only partly block out the wideness of your butt!
 Hmmm...what is she up to this time?
 Here we go again and how humiliating to have purple tape on your nose.
We're back!  I'm a dirty muddy mess but she says I did good.


We headed out on this last day of December into the cold and wet gloom to attempt some intervals on a park service road.  Journey will have to get the pads into her boots if we are going to do that, she just was unwilling to move out.  The gravel is that sharp chunky stuff, so it just wasn't working.  Instead we ended up doing our 12 mile out and back course.  Not one step hardly out of the mud.  Places the mud was deep enough we had to pick our way through.  Journey is not a good mud navigator.  She wants to get on the high edge of the trail rather than plant her feet "on" the trail, which of course results in her feet sliding out from under her.  We managed to get it done though, took twenty minutes off the time of our last muddy ride (though still slow by endurance standards).  We passed a group of horses, and though she called out to them she kept going where I had her pointed.  No spooks, the pace was kind of a boy scout shuffle due to the footing.  I'm still looking for the perfect hill and not finding it.  I have great hills here to work on but they just aren't safe in the winter due to the clay soil, it is so slick.  So I'm going to have to pick up a caulking gun and get the pads Goobered into Journey's boots so she is more comfortable on rock than she is currently.  All in all...a good ride.

3 comments:

  1. You and journey are looking great! Yesterday was a great day for a ride weather-wise, but I don't know how you endure the mud! I don't like it when it is that muddy. And I think Doc gets pretty tired of it too, especially after standing in it all day long. I opted to ride in the arena and work Doc over cavelettis.

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  2. The mud gets old, and I worry about a slip/injury the whole time I'm out. On the other hand, if they don't train in the mud they will be incredibly stressed going to a ride that is mud. Remember you and Doc's incredible muddy ride?

    You sure can't get up much of a head of steam in this stuff though...our top speed yesterday was about 9 mph, and last about two seconds.

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  3. Jacke, love the photos! She is beautiful and you two make a great team! I admire your perseverance in such difficult footing.

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