We live on about twenty-four acres and adjoin trails on private property as well. Currently I'm hanging with staying on our place as I'm working with a barn sour relapse. The closer to home I am, the more of a pill she can be. So we aren't venturing out much over a quarter of a mile, but I have to say she is getting a major workout (wasting a lot of energy) doing laps around trees, and roll backs when she breaks pace. Yesterday we had a particularly bad day. She was worked up, and after the second hour of turning to home and having to shut things down, I must say I was past the point of "enjoying" our venture into the woods. The thing about Journey is she does not quit. It is the best thing about her and also the worst! It is the thing that gives her at least some potential as a distance horse, while likewise giving me those head to desk moments. She was put out with me when we got home and I was rather not thrilled with Miss Spots. We both held onto our union cards and went our separate ways. Today I round penned her prior to going out, had a few issues out in the wood with her wanting to turn to home and speed up. We eventually got the job done and she came home at a sane rate of speed...though still not a relaxed walk, so then we went back to round pen again. She was pretty pliable after some laps and reversals in there .
My favorite saddle is about to the end of its rope. I've put about 7000 trail (and some endurance) miles on that saddle. It is still solid as a rock, but the skirting has seen better days. I'm hoping maybe during the worst months of winter next perhaps I can send it off for a facelift at Crestridge Saddlery. I'd love to have my make of saddle in their light version eventually. Will have to weigh cost vs. cost vs. benefit vs. available $.
The vet wrap where I sawed off the horn is a nice touch don't you think? Long may she live!