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Riding Bareback!

What’s really cool about Grayson being with us is not only the good food, the hay, not having to put the packs on the horses, a warm bed, a safety buffer on tight corners, good company, heat, ………. etc. etc. etc……. – I get to ride bareback! :) Since he can carry all the saddles in the trailer, I decided to forgo the saddle today and ride bareback. And since it was Fiddle’s turn to carry a rider today, I got to ride Fiddle too! Since she adores me and I adore her, we just had a grand time! She’s not exactly push-button responsive, but she’s sweet and steady.

During our lunch break we let the horses loose to eat grass, but then Chance ran off. We have learned that Chance is a little head shy and gets scared of fast movements around his face. Richard had gone over to him to get something out of his saddle bags, but some movement he made triggered fear in Chance and he ran off. Richard spent some time catching him and working with him- showing him that just because there is a fast movement near his head, it does not mean that he is going to get hit. It was a positive experience for both of them, and Chance was much more trusting for the rest of the day.

One thing I love about our SPOT unit is not only that people can follow us and know exactly where we are, but they can come find us and visit us too! Dave from Delores area who had helped us find and get Chance came looking for us. He found us along a dirt rode where we were both walking to give our bums a break. :) It was great to see him again, and he invited us to dinner so we could have more time to visit.

Dinner with Dave was wonderful. The atmosphere was great, as was the conversation. He then took us to a nearby campground that Grayson had found- for a much needed shower! (Finally after- dare I admit- 10 days! Yikes!) Don’t worry- we did have one sponge bath in that time- but it’s not the same as a real shower!

We had to get creative with where to tie the horses for the night. Begrudgingly we have realized that we still have to cross some moderately desert-like areas before we get to the farmland of Kansas. We have decided that if we ever come back to the desert- we want it to be by car so we can leave it whenever we are ready! There really was not much for options- a telephone pole on private property, a barbed wire fence post, or a forest service sign on a roadside pullout. We opted for tying a highline between Grayson’s trailer and the forest service sign. We got a taste of sleeping on the sea that night since any time the horses pulled on the rope- they rocked the truck…. all night long…..



One comment

  1. Hello Richard & Jeannette
    What a great thing you are doing it takes a brave person to follow there dreams, I will look forward to following your progress hear in Australia.


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