The weather forecast was 75 as a high. The morning started out as 59 but I was slow moving and didn’t make it to the barn (30 min drive) until 10. By then it was already 74.
I hiked down to the pasture where Persee and Nevel came galloping through the creek giving themselves a nice belly/leg mud bath. The usual jockeying of “take me first” took place and “BACK, BACK BACK” commands to Persee who pretty much ignores my demands.
I did manage to get Nevel out without being trampled. Up to the barn we hiked (3/10 mile). Nevel, who is always starving to death, got his pan of food while I attempted to get the mud off of him. I broke out in a full “glisten.” For Northern California it was a humid day. They lied about 75!
Soon we were on the trail. I used to have issues mounting Nevel. Probably because the girth was so tight to keep the saddle from slipping on his round self!
I switched to a thinline girth and that helped. This week his Thinline pad arrived and the combo worked! He stood perfect for mounting and we had minimal saddle slippage.
I wanted to do at least a 10 mile round trip ride, but we got lost in the maze of Mt bike trails trying to find the way to Granite Bay. Next time I’ll take a trail I’m pretty sure will get me there!
It was a beautiful day and we saw plenty of critters…like this one…can you see her blending in?
we did make it to a knoll overlooking the glistening Folsom Lake.
And had a good canter on the way home.
I want to get Persee on the trails, but so far have only hiked a little with him.
I have several trips coming up so will plan to start him in November.