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  1. #1
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    Default Mt Washington Horse Weekend

    A friend just sent pix from the Mt Washington horse weekend (no she wasnt there)

    The car road was closed to all but horses last Sunday
    THey appear to have had a fabulous weather day

    On the home page near the top is a link for pix - view them on slideshow for best showing

    There were 4 carriages that went all the way to the top
    a Perch team
    a Clyde or Clyde cross unicorn
    a clyde or cross pair
    and a light breed pair

    and a bunch of riders including a couple in period costume

    http://horseweekend.mt-washington.com/



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    Default More Pictures from further up the Mountain

    Here are some individual links to shots showing just how steep the climb was in places. Pretty impressive. I'm pretty sure the unicorn is Peter von Halem from New England Carriage Imports in CT.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtwashi...7627209589834/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtwashi...7627209589834/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtwashi...7627209589834/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtwashi...7627209589834/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtwashi...7627209589834/

    Here's a shot of the road! YIKES
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtwashi...7627209589834/



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    great pics. I enjoyed all of them except for the cowboy riding his horse on the rocks.
    That is so hugely dangerous, one slip and into those rocks could so quickly and easily break a leg. Just dumb.

    Others were great scenery and what it really looks like on top of these craggy, grainite mountain tops.
    save lives...spay/neuter/geld



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    We drive carriages up stuff like that!



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    Wow... I thought Texas was flatter than that.

    Cars that get up Mt Washington get a bumper sticker with bragging rights. The road is 7-8 miles up and steep with switchbacks. Most of us heard they were opening the road to horses for the first time in forever and thought it would be cool until you realized how much conditioning it would take to fairly do this with your horse. I'm thoroughly impressed by the folks that did this with horses in good shape at the end.

    Impressed by you guys if you do this sort of driving too.

    Looks great in the pics, but I'm way too much of a height wimp to really enjoy this type of drive.



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    OMG! I have been up Mt Washington several times (car and cog rail) and there is no way I would attempt that. Of course I am afraid of heights and prefer to have my eyes shut the whole journey.

    I have climbed many Mt.s in the white Mt range and have always avoided Mt Washington. So bravo to the horses for making it, that is not an easy climb. And you never know what the weather will be like on the summit.
    No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill



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    I used to live in North Conway and looked straight at Mt Washington on my way to work at Carroll Reed Ski Shops every day. Never climbed it but did take the 'stage' up several times. I really, really wish I could've gotten there to drive my girls up but it's just too far away now - and with my dislocated shoulder I haven't been driving for the past couple of months

    Do hope they offer this again when it IS feasible for us as we still have friends with a home in Jackson and a place to keep the ponies
    Pat Belskie - ASHEMONT Farm

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    Somehow missed this. Have to agree with the others about the WOW factor in height and degree of difficulty for the horses! That would take some serious conditioning to be well prepared. Thanks DriveNJ for the links to photos. Must have been a great outing, fun for those on the drive. And weather appeared to cooperate as well, making for an excellent drive.

    I have ridden in the mountains, both on the roads and doing trails after cattle. The thought of DRIVING mountains in carriages is rather daunting! When I did Wagon Train stuff, the police escorted us down the Interstate which was STILL pretty steep. Brakes on the big wagons were "iffy", styled on antiques, so many of the wagons dragged car tires behind to increase friction and save the horses' necks from holding back the load. With a multi-mile downhill road, you can use up the horses fast, sore them badly, if you don't help with something to hold back the wagons. And those wagons were not often even carrying much of anything! Gave me a real different look at "pioneer life" struggles and what ESSENTIALS you MUST pack to make that new start miles from anywhere. Wagon Train horses got good hay and grain every night, unlike those old pioneer horses.

    Think I will stick with ridden horses for the mountain excursions!

    Pat, how nice to hear from you. Sorry to hear about your shoulder, hope things mend well. I miss your posts.



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