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Hugo and I did our first Solo Trail ride!

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  • Hugo and I did our first Solo Trail ride!

    We had a GREAT time!

    Hauled up to Dawson Forest, not really expecting to do much and he was really calm so on I climbed and off we went.

    Did a small ride-a little over 4 miles over some pretty steep hills.

    Only 2 snorts called enough attention to dismount and walk by the gremlin. Climbed back on and off we went!

    Got back to the trailer, tied him up, gave him hay and water while I had a snack.

    Loaded up and came home.

    This is both his and my first solo effort and I must say-it was just a great spring day!

    I may be hooked!!!

  • #2
    Congratulations!!! Isn't it a wonderful feeling having "the" horse that can go out by itself and not freak? Sounds like you had a terrific day and assume you'll have many more.....
    MnToBe Twinkle Star: "Twinkie"

    Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!


    • Original Poster

      Thank you! It is only our first and it was very quiet so things may exciting in the future!

      BUT I am thrilled that we had a great first experience.

      Now I find myself pouring over the AERC website dreaming of rides we can do one day.

      One 4 mile ride and I am scheduling our Tevis debut.


      • #4
        Well done to you both.
        I'm not ignoring the rules. I'm interpreting the rules. Tamal, The Great British Baking Show


        • #5
          Congrats on your ride!

          It's been so wet this spring that all of the local trails have been swamped. . .we may try to go out tomorrow afternoon for a couple of hours. Otherwise we'll still be trying to "get the horses in shape" by the time the leaves are starting to turn!
          Please copy and paste this to your signature if you know someone, or have been affected by someone who needs a smack upside the head. Lets raise awareness.


          • #6
            That is great! While I love my rides with my GRB's (Great Riding Buddies) I find when I go alone with one of my mares, we 'connect' much better. Just the two of us, out there blazing trails

            Just remember to leave a note in your truck which trail you are taking, and stick to the plan. Nothing worse then have to look for someone, and not have an idea of at least the general direction they went in.

            How old is Hugo now?
            Facta non verba


            • Original Poster

              Thanks everyone-great idea on the note on the truck!

              Hugo is 7yo-so not exactly baby young but not experienced at trails.

              Getting there quickly though!

              I think we will do another one on Thursday.

              GERL is having an endurance ride in June and I want to do the fun ride with Hugo.

              If all goes well, maybe an LD in Georgia in September?

              My goal-we will see how it works out.


              • Original Poster

                Well---we went back out to a different trail today.

                Another 4 miles. Solo.

                Did I mention I don't care much for switch back turns??

                I had on my big girl panties but almost wished I had on Big Girl Depends!

                I am sure the trails are not as steep as the feel at this point but man oh man this is really challenging me!

                Hugo did great-we had several creek crossings and he is thoughtful but goes over them.

                On the parts with steep dropoffs he kept cocking his head to look off the side.

                How do you people DO this and not sweat 10 lbs off or age 10 years with every ride???

                I am still having a ton of fun-though I did not realize it until it was over!


                • #9
                  I don't know how you can ride where there is nothing between you and falling!!?? You are very brave indeed to do that on your horses second solo ride. Sounds like he will make a good trail horse for you!


                  • #10
                    I always wear my RoadID bracelet wether I go riding/walking/jogging.