Journey blazing in after seventeen miles in a cloud of dust. Well...there was dust, but not much "blazing."
LSEGH was on hand. He's so good to go with me and sit for HOURS waiting on us, because he worries I'll get hurt and nobody will be there to come looking. He is getting the crew thing down to a science.
Journey: Thanks! You did good!!!
Journey: "Nom, nom, nom, crunch, crunch, crunch."
Her appetite was good.She'd already pretty much cleaned out her blue bucket at this point. She didn't drink in camp, but she did tank up well out on the trail. I gave her a half-dose of electrolytes pre-ride, and the other half after our break. This seems to work okay for her, where a full dose puts her off her feed.
Our forty-five minute break honestly went way too fast. I had my own nom nom nom moment with carry out from the Chinese place ala LSEGH. It hit the spot.
Journey: " You have got to be kidding. I have no intention of going back out there."
Me: Well I do, so come on.
Look at those quirky frog legs no wonder my calves were cramping. Ridiculous...
So back out we went needing about 7.25 miles to complete the ride for today. Journey attempted to vote with her feet a couple of times by going down wrong trail because she figured it would get us back more quickly. She was really fanny dragging on the way out, but perked up real well when she knew we were heading back towards day parking. Funny how the horse can barely lift on hoof in front of the other, then suddenly they just pick up the pace. It is a real mental battle for Journey, and kind of one for me too as we end up out there longer than we really need to be to get the job done.
But out we went, and back for our third trip down one side of the A loop which we were both very much over.
Renegade hoof boots worked perfectly. Not a rub anywhere. I'm really liking these things.
It was a good training ride over all, but I'm glad I didn't lay out a couple hundred in fuel, and a ride entry fee for another over time. Real glad about that one actually.
So the Spotted Wonder will get a couple of rest days, and I'm kicking around using the neighbors field for some cantering intervals. (Speed being relative to "our" definition of speed) Anything over 7 mph would seem freaking blazing fast at this point.