You know you are an equestrian when (list five original ones):
- Your truck often holds in no particular order: A saddle, two or three saddle pads, spurs, a bridle, helmet, gloves and carrots. Things it never holds: Makeup (except for chapstick), heels, or jewelry! 🙂
- You hang all your event ribbons up very carefully but throw mail on the table and drop your clothes in a pile.
- You often say whoa in traffic when stopping at a stoplight. You also cluck to go.(Seriously I have done this to people ahead of me in traffic, #needhelpdontI)
- You much prefer horses to people on any given day: They are (usually) nicer, better behaved, enjoy your cooking, and don’t ask for anything in return. Plus they are warm and fuzzy!
- You have no problem paying thousands of dollars for a saddle, a few hundred bucks for a bridle or boots, quite a bit each month for horse board, and so on but you get pissed off when gas goes up 20 cents a gallon (or when stamps increase in cost too).
Paper Chase Sunday
We went, we rode, we survived. And I am really really sore today LOL! It was great fun though and Remus was a star. However, Remus was also a very spunky star. And at one point he almost took off with me and another he bucked so hard into the canter he almost jarred my teeth. And he squealed when he bucked. He felt GOOD! But over all he was perfect (though I kept him mostly to a smart trot after that, if you can’t behave cantering, horse). His canter mostly was a lope which is hilarious to see with a horse squealing and trying to buck. OH Remus.
It was a long ride though. It ended up about 8 miles and took us about two and half hours. We were not fast and we had to stop to look for markers so often (they were not easy to spy and sometimes were even knocked over by the wind, it was very windy!).
Star and Remus chugged along though. We popped over a couple jumps but I mostly passed on them as the first one we went over had a huge drop on it I didnt expect (And nor did Remus, so we jumped it perfectly then almost faceplanted). the other jumps were by roads or just a bit big for me. So we mostly hacked and that was fine. It was a gorgeous day (in the high forties) and except for the wind was perfect. Sun was out and the views were GORGEOUS.
There was one VERY iffy question where it was straight down into the woods to water thru some very log-strewn trails. I got off. I just couldn’t make Remus walk down that steep hill. And then I could not get back on before the water because there was no log near that of course (we were on a huge decline at this time so it was very iffy us actually standing up LOL). So we walked through the water together. And found a log so I could get on again. HA. He really is a great trail horse honestly because he plowed thru every other water obstacle and would have that but I was so worried about the footing and the hill I just couldn’t. He stopped every time I needed him to (yes for people busting ass by us, see my Pet Peeves grhh) and was a perfect gentleman when I got off and back on. Though he always wonders why we are not jumping the logs rather than me using them as a mounting block HA).
We went by Buck’s field of babies too! OMG Jess and I were plotting how we could steal one (Not really but omg so much chrome in that field and BEAUTIFUL). Like how does he have such pretty weanlings. Most weanlings now look like dog poo. HA.
I was very glad when we made it back to the end. My knees and feet were killing me. My saddle was PERFECT and I am sure I would have been even sorer without it. It did slip a bit going up all the hills (and down) so at one point I hopped off and adjusted it but otherwise it was perfect. Just a gorgeous day to go riding with friends. I am so glad I came back early to do it. I know we won’t have days like this for long, WINTER IS COMING!