Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A trail ride, Colorado weather, and a green-painted manhole cover

My horse and I went on a trail ride today with the barn's owner and her horse. It was the first time Panama and I had been out on the trail in about 3 weeks.

Panama obviously loves getting out on the trail. When I ride him around the barn, he tends to carry his head low, like he's bored or being lazy. But when we're out on the trail, he picks it up and looks at everything all around him. It's fun to see him so alert and excited about getting out on the trail.

Today was kind of a weird day, weather-wise. It was cooler this morning (down to 60 degrees from yesterdays 90-degree day), and by late morning dark rain clouds had rolled in. Karen texted me around 10:30 to warn me that it looked like rain, so I hurried over to the barn so that we could leave a little earlier than we'd planned.

It sprinkled on us for about a few minutes at the beginning of our ride, but then by the end of it the clouds were clearing and the sun was coming out. I had put on a long-sleeved thermal, a sweatshirt, and a light shell (in case it rained), but by the time we finished our ride the temperature was probably ten degrees warmer.

Panama encountered two manholes during our ride. At the first one, which was in the middle of the gravel path, he stared at it and then gave it a wide berth, but didn't spook or startle. The next one happened to be painted bright green, and when he saw it he goosed and slammed on the brakes. (That was fun.) Karen walked Lily back and forth across it a few times to show him it was okay, but Panama just stood there and stared. I didn't push him to walk over it, because he seemed to be so troubled by the different color.

All in all, though, it was a successful trail ride and a lot of fun. By the time we got back to the barn, I was sore (from three riding sessions in a row after taking two weeks off) but relaxed and happy. I'm planning on going out again this weekend!

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