Afterwards we spent some time in the barn with the horses, then went inside and watched a little tv before heading off to bed fairly early. Wild people we are! But, it was a nice day and it felt good to relax and take life easy for a change.
Sunday, we got up fairly early and got the chores finished before heading out to Eugene to watch the Extreme Trail Challenge. This was a first for us, and I was quite surprised at how easy the courses actually were. There was nothing that most of us trailriders don't usually encounter while riding in the mountains. The big difference seemed to be, for the horses anyway, was that these obstacles were indoors and because of that, some of the horses were a little hesitant about something, that if outside, they would do without a second thought. The activity really seems to be catching on with people, and is something that can be enjoyed by all types of riders without a lot of expensive training, special tack or gear. However, it would be quite fun to have one of those obstacle courses at home; sure would be more interesting for the horses than a lot of ring riding. In fact, there are several clinicians specializing in this type of training now. There were a couple of them there, and one of the guys, Mark Bolender, does a lot of building these trail courses on private property for clients. Now there's another use for somebody who owns a lot of heavy equipment!
Some of our friends were there with their whole family riding some of their horses. I don't know how well they did overall because we left before it was over, but from what I saw, they did very well. Their horses were all amazingly quiet and confidently mastered most of the obstacles on the courses. I was very proud of how well they did. Some of the kids had to double up and share horses because Greg, the father, had brought his big boy, Ben; and when Ben goes along, their 6-horse trailer becomes a 4-horse trailer. Ben is a grey Percheron who stands 18.2 hands high. Ben is as sweet as a horse can possibly be...just don't give him a butterscotch candy and then expect not to be molested for more. :) In his former life, Ben was a Disneyland carriage horse, but he's a family horse now and is used primarily for trailriding.
|Greg and Ben|
|An indoor creek crossing at the bottom of the waterfall.|
|This pretty little Arabian mare handled the balance beam with ease.|
|Big Ben making it look so easy...|
|Ladde helping with the pear picking.|
|Eagle sporting his "winter woolies"|
|Stall potatoes :)|
Blessings everyone from Cingspots