In the Night Farm…Your Ride is Here.

Desert Ride

Yesterday morning, Consolation and I trundled over the Snake River to some new (to us) trails.  Blue skies alternated with doomesday horizons, unfathomable beyond the ridges.  Range cows roamed.  Angry curlews circled overhead.  Nobody else was out.

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We rode for three hours, soaking up the hills we’ve lacked too long.  We trotted some, walked others, and bucked one.  (After that one, we trotted few more than we walked!)  The footing was mostly packed earth, with some sand.  Consolation didn’t need boots; we’ll leave them behind next time.  The trail went on and on — perhaps I’d inadvertently taken the 20-mile route my friend mentioned — and eventually turned around because, having topped yet another hill, I couldn’t detect any sign of a trail looping back, but I could detect an oncoming storm.

Consolation hopped right back into her new trailer (she seems to prefer it!) and arrived home safe and sound.  This morning, she looks fantastic.  Where shall we go tomorrow?

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10 responses

  1. Dom

    Gorgeous riding.

    May 27, 2011 at 7:54 am

  2. I’m here. It’s been awhile since though, but I’m here… reading and viewing all the up and coming training you’re going to go through. Get on it girl.

    Love reading your ventures.

    chels
    california

    May 27, 2011 at 9:40 am

    • Glad to see you, chelle! Thanks for commenting!

      May 31, 2011 at 7:02 am

  3. Great photos- so glad you got out into some new territory.. good for feeding the soul , for both of you it appears ! Is this BLM land you found? Looks like a great place… for those of us that only have rocky mountainous terrain for conditioning… I would give anything for those long miles of sandy footing to train on!! Very excited for you both. I think your decision to stay home will do you both a world of good.

    May 27, 2011 at 10:33 am

    • Yes, it’s BLM land just across the Oregon border. The only problem with it is that there are so many hills we can’t just trot for miles on end…but we can do that other places. Time to mix things up!

      May 31, 2011 at 7:01 am

  4. indi

    Beautiful!

    May 27, 2011 at 11:46 am

  5. You sure have some wide open spaces to ride in! Great shots and a happy looking horse and rider.

    May 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm

  6. funder

    Lovely outing! I know it must’ve been a disappointment to not go to Owyhee, but you made a good call.

    Trailering out – I think it’ll just encourage you to get another horse going under saddle so you can haul two at once! 😉

    May 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    • Ha! I’m working on it! (Look out, Acey!)

      May 31, 2011 at 7:00 am

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