Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Trail Ride

While I was down in Phoenix I went on a lovely sunny trail ride.


I rode our just turned 3 year old and AW rode Waffles (6 year old and ready for his next career after racing).  After my usual 15 minutes of overcoming needless terror I had a total blast.  Joey is too smart to race and is also looking for his next career.  Too smart to race?  Yes, I'm not kidding.  In his last racing effort he stood in the gates until the other horses were racing then came out, dumped his jockey, jumped the outside rail and went back to his stall.  This is a backside with well over 1000 stalls and he found his.  I do believe he will be a champ at anything else though.  He already goes well in western tack and rocks the trails like a champ!  I rode him in an exercise saddle and you can see in the pictures that I look way defensive, it was still the beginning of the ride and I hadn't yet decided if it was fun or if I was hastening my death.  The fact that there were no helmets available also didn't help me relax.  Joey was freaking fantastic though and by the end I had one hand on the reins and was chatting up a storm.
He did prefer to be in front

Why hello there

Down the road like no big deal

Husband getting arty with the sun

Someone need a noseband, but check out the cactus

Up and down hills with no issues

Such cute ponies
I wanted to get some cute ears shots, but it was too warm for a vest (don't hate me) so I had no pockets for my phone.  Are you wondering how we ended up with so many trail riding pictures?  Well, we rode right out the front gate of the ranch and circled around behind it and eventually made it to the trail head.  My hubby rode around on the roads on a scooter and met up with us and then walked quite a ways while taking pictures, then he headed back and we continued on with the ride.  I may need to convince him to come with on trail rides this summer!  He actually rode the ponyhorse on a trail ride a couple weeks ago and AW rode Joey instead of Waffles.  So much fun, fingers crossed I get another trip back and more sunny trail rides.

22 comments:

  1. beautiful pics - very nice of your hubby to tag along for a little while to snap them :) also - good on you for getting out there despite your reservations about trail riding. looks like you had a great time! (and Joey sounds hilarious, btw lol)

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  2. Omg you are sooooooooo much braver than me! That weather looks delightful though.

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    1. The sun is nearly always delightful :-)

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  3. Joey and Waffles are SOOOO cute! And I love the name Waffles.

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  4. Cute ponies - Joey sounds like a hoot! jealous of the nice riding weather. Love your new(ish?) background pic :D

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    1. Glad you like it, wasn't sure anyone noticed:-)

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  5. I miss trail riding! Riesy hates it lol

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  6. I'm glad that you had a good time! If you're ever down here without your stuff and need to borrow something, don't be afraid to ask. I doubt my helmet would fit, but I have am extra dressage and stock saddle you are welcome to.

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    1. You are too sweet! One of these times we need to ride together!

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  7. Oh my gosh, that sounds like one crafty horse! Some really cute pics there too

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  8. Joey sounds HILARIOUS (but I second that you're brave to ride him out!). He'll make an amazing sport horse, sounds like he can jump!

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    1. I hope someone snaps him up and enjoys his fun personality

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  9. I didn't even notice you didn't have a helmet on! I was like, My, what a stylish helmet cover that is!

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  10. I am so jealous of your access to sunshine, especially as we are due another sump of snow this weekend.
    Have i ever mentioned how much I hate snow & the cold?!
    I ♡ Waffles clip, both horses look and sound fab. I hope they find fab people to help them discover life after racing!

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    1. No worries I'm back to the gray damp snowy north :p

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