On Sunday we decided that sleeping in for a completely ridiculous amount of time was worth it and we ended up not having enough time to hook up the trailer and go anywhere. So we tacked up Eugene and Levi and headed out to the hills ear our barn.
We first had to pass the special needs camp which was having some sort of event. There was a ton of screaming, boat horns, cars, and general chaos. I ended up getting off and walking past that section, but Levi was pretty good. We climbed the hills and took a short trail that goes no where. And we saw 7 people on the trail. In the almost 5 years we’ve been at this barn, I don’t think I’ve seen that many people on this trail combined. On the plus side, we got one of them to take our picture.
I really should have put Levi on the downside of the hill. He’s not actually that much taller than Eugene, though he is quite tall for a Mustang.
On the way back, we stopped to talk to some mountain bikers, which was great as Levi hadn’t seen bikers before and he got to see them going slow and talking to us. He was not at all bothered, but he still needs to experience them running into him on the switchbacks.
When we got back to the barn, the ponies were drenched in sweat, so we put coolers on them and talked to fellow boarders who were filling their stalls with gravel. Then we took them up to the upper arena to roll and run around.
The rolling happened, but then they just stood around doing nothing. Eugene went off to scrounge grass from the edge while Levi was trying to be in my lap until I got him a cone to play with.
Levi was still pretty wet so I ended up having to leave a cooler on him and come back after dinner to put a dry blanket on him. I am really trying not to shave him anymore, since I won’t be riding much after December. Does anyone know any magic tricks for keeping horses from sweating or for drying them off quickly without shaving?