It's hard to imagine, but summer is beginning to fade away. It could be due to rainy weather the past few days, but now its fairly dark when we wake up and the sun is setting around 8:12 [heavy sigh]. I won't miss the horrendous heat and humidity that kept us off the trails for almost a month; but I sure do miss the longer days. Especially now that I drive farther to see G.
We've been doing alot of riding the past month. We were able to finally meet up with Cora and her new horse Skip; and have since met Patty and her horse Woody. Woody is a SSH that came from the same farm as G in Shelbyville.....Evening Shade Farms. He's a nice horse, and fun to ride along side. They came out one weekend to the farm and we did the trails out back and then two weekends we met up with them at Salmon Brook where I showed them the trails. I didn't realize how much I missed those trails until we got out on them. Lots of variety in terrain; multiple stream crossings where you can let your horse stand to cool down; some small hills; loping meadows and gaiting trails. I've since taken G back on our own to ride, and it was fabulous! He was fabulous! I have a small video to share but its at home.
We also finally got to ride the trails with the other Walking Horse and her owner at our barn last Sunday. What a nice mare! This horse has a smooth effortless running walk, and she's purdy to boot. Hopefully we'll get to ride with them more this fall. It really is nice to ride out with horses that are equal in stride length. As much as I love riding with my QH friends, we do spend a lot of time waiting for them to catch up.