Wild West Addendum
|May 27, 2009||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
After re-reading my ride report I realized I forgot a couple of important “happenings”.
Farley fell on the pavement. This wasn’t a diasaster, but it easily could have turned into one. There is a stretch of very very slick pavement that everyone was required to dismount and walk. There is a narrow shoulder, however, there are sections of paved driveways that you have to cross over. I had the bright idea to cross over the road and walk on the other shoulder so I didn’t have to walk across the driveways. Once I was over there, I found that the footing was not as good, Farley didn’t want to stay on the shoulder, and I was on the wrong side of some blind curves. So we tempted fate AGAIN and crossed back over to the other side. We were almost across when, in slow motion, her hindquarters slipped our from underneath her and she slid to rest on her left side. She tried to get up once, slipped, and went down again. She layed there, and thought about it. There was no panic, no scrambling. She tried to get up one more time, very carefully, made it, and went over to the shoulder and stayed there. Whenever we had to cross a paved driveway, I noticed she was extremely cautious. We had gotten away with only a little skin rubbed off of the outside of her left hock.
I was very pleased to see that when she got into a bind, Farley didn’t panic. She was able to think about the situation and extract herself. I think this is a very good sign. I want a horse that can think for herself in a hairy situation and isn’t going to get us in MORE trouble by completely losing it. I took this kind of sensibility for granted in my Standardbred and I’m pleasantly suprised to find it in my Arab.
We were Stalked
Yep – we were stalked by something on a ridge. Farley felt the need to go and let her decide speed and distance. There were several bear and cub sightings this weekend, and it was in the same location that I saw a bear and two cubs last year. There’s also mountain lions in the area. I didn’t feel the need to stick around to see was evaluating our availability for dinner. There was a ride and tie event held on Sunday during the ride. I heard that one of the ride and tie horses spooked and broke his reins. The ride manager suspects that a bear came by and spooked the horse. I can just imagine what was going through the bear’s head “Sardine on a string!”.
I had a Crew!
I failed to mention my wonderful Mother who came and crewed for me on Saturday and Sunday. She is NOT a horse person and went to great lengths to avoid having to hold my horse for longer than about five seconds (as a result I got to sit there and hold the horse, while she did all sorts of useful tasks for me!). It was so nice to have someone at my one hour holds. I think having someone to meet me at the one hour holds at Tevis (IF I do it) is going to be really important. I didn’t take any pictures on the trail (I wanted to be able to focus on my ride) but she took a bunch of photos that I’ll probably post later. Saturday evening we played fiddle and banjo underneath my fly. I promised my neighbors that we would quit when the generators went off (9pm) and they wouldn’t have to listen to us all night! It was nice playing at a non-musical event – the music was unexpected and I had several people tell me the next day how much they enjoyed having the music in camp.
I think that’s it for my Wild West stories!