Craig and I like this ride a lot because the campsite parking is great and the Glenwood rodeo association usually puts on a dinner and lunch both days for the riders and campers. It's really nice to have a hot meal after a long days ride out on the trail. The weather for the ride this year was outstanding too! Only in the mid/high 70 range and the trail dust was kept to a minimum from previous rainstorms during the week.
I started the LD on Saturday with Nettie. On Friday night she was acting rather naughty and kept Craig and I awake all night long...(mare horomones at work). I think that she suspected every horse in the neighboring camp pens just HAD to be a stallion - and she would beg them incessantly to come over to our trailer and visit with her. By Saturday morning I was totally annoyed due to the constant nickering (and lack of sleep) - but we managed to start out the ride day pretty good nonetheless. We happened to meet up with #24 out on the trail (we were #23) and rode with him to the vet check. His name was Warren, and he was from from Estacada, OR. He was a very nice guy and it was great to clip along the trail and chat with him.
I had given Nettie 3 1/2 weeks off from the Grizzly Mountain ride to heal up from her previous injury and she had felt pretty good out on our light conditioning rides. But at the out vet check on Saturday she started showing signs of slight lameness again in the left hind. It was very mild at first, but then became progressively more obvious on our second trot out at the vet check. Multiple vets watched her move and concluded that it was a muscle injury and not a suspensory injury or hoof problem. So, we had to call it a day and returned back to camp where I gave her a good deep massage with liniment. I think that she'll get 3 or 4 months off and I'll see what she feels like again this fall. If all is well, we'll start conditioning again for next years ride season.
|Warren and his NSH cross mare.|
|Chris and Michelle on the trail on Sundays ride.|
|The final vet check in camp. Tommy was happy to be finished. He really liked taking a break from the show arena and getting out on the trail for about the first 20 miles, but the last 10 miles became more like a bit of work instead of a vacation...|
Monica Bretherton came to the ride and was taking some photos out on the trail - (yay!) So I'll post some of those as soon as we see them. =:)