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Catching up.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Okay, I really need to stop going on trips. Ugh, it always does too much damage to the weight factor and I spend a week making up for it both on the scale and in lost fitness time. This last one was no different since all the hiking plans were blown up by the storms rolling through West Virginia seemingly ever couple hours. Ah well, we still had fun and I am almost back down to where I was before I left.

One neat thing we did get to do was go horseback riding. In 45 years, I had been on a horse for a total of about 5 minutes. Then last Monday I was on one for 2.5 hours. Talk about an experience! My youngest daughter had been on a horse longer than I had to that point! It was so neat and fun. We had a great time, but I was feeling sorry for the poor horses. Well my poor horse. Who was actually pretty darn stubborn. About 5 minutes in he decided he didn’t want to leave the stable area. He liked to eat like his rider likes to eat. He evidently didn’t want to leave the good grub at the stable. Picture John Candy in the movie The Great Outdoors and you have a pretty good idea of my horse at the beginning. Just stopped at one point, then he tried to turn around. Then just rode in a circle until the guide got back to me to put a lead rope on him. There came a point I wasn’t sure we were going to continue.

So once we got away from the stables he was fine. He very much had a mind of his own. But mainly he was interested in all the munching he could do on the side of the tail. I felt for him. He was a big guy and he was carrying a big guy on his back. He needed the munchies. There were a few times going up or down some pretty steep and sloppy trails I could see nothing good coming from it, but my daughter and I were the only 2 in the group and there was nothing to do but follow the guide. It was quite scary a few times especially on the last hill that was really muddy and I guess I let Silverado eat enough he didn’t want to lose me and he did real well keeping me on his back.

The experience was one she and I will talk about for a long time, especially since she loves horses. So, next up is the cruise in less than 2 weeks. Then I will be more in my element. Under the water! At least I am comfortable enough to bring my camera and take some pics underwater. Not scared to death to release the reigns. Lol

Ah well, back to work. Only 8 days till the next trip!

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  • HILLSLUG98239
    I had one of those horses on a trail ride. I still remember her name - Verna. She put herself right at the edge of a very steep drop off. She started walking slower and slower until we were nearly stopped. Our leader switched horses with me, and neither Verna or I had any problems after that. Clearly, Verna did not like me.

    I rode a mule (the proper choice for inexperienced riders, according to the outfitter) into Bryce Canyon. No problems with the mule, but I was really surprised where I hurt the most the next day: my knees! I was definitely using muscles I didn't normally use!
    1694 days ago
    I used to ride some when I was I'm way too allergic. What a great memory builder with your daughter!
    1694 days ago
  • 0309COOKIE
    I was only on a horse twice in my life and scared to death both times. Both times the horses were feisty.
    1695 days ago
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