I haven't ridden since the first of July, way too hot. I am going Sunday to ride with some friends. The weather here has cooled down and is much more comfortable. Everyone has been talking about how bad the horse flies are this year. I have been spraying her every morning and wiping her face with fly spray. It has just been too hot for even a fly mask. I started putting Rainmaker on her hoofs when it got so dry around here and they are looking good. She has shoes on until winter and then I have them taken off. I have Easy Boots for riding in the winter. She is kind of flat footed and doesn't do well in rough ground or rocks with bare feet. She is also on a hoof supplement recommended by my farrier. She injured both front one summer (each at a different time) and had to have surgery on one. So I am pretty careful about her feet.
Before it got so hot, we did lots of trail riding. Went to Lake Between the Lakes in Kentucky in June and just loved riding there. We are planning on going back next year. July 4th weekend, some of us went down to southern Indiana and rode. That is another one of our favorite places to ride. Next month I have several rides planned, I will be gone the first two weekends in Sept and then 5 days from Sept 19 to the 23. In Oct I will be down in Mammoth Cave, KY for 4 days and then on Halloween weekend, I go back down to Midwest Trails Ride which is next to Hoosier National Forest. It is south of Bloomington, IN.
Got to get these good rides in before winter. I am hoping winter won't be so bad this year, so I can ride more. The older I get the less I can deal with the cold. I have all the gear for winter riding, it is just getting my butt out there. I usually manage to get a couple small rides in a month during winter, but last year it was so cold and icy, I didn't get her out hardly at all.
In southern Indiana when 3 of us were out riding, we went down this steep ravine and when we started up, where it had rained so much there was a deep rut in the middle of the trail up. (Which wasn't very wide to begin with). I was very nervous about how we were going to get up it. ( It wasn't easy getting down the ravine, but it looked worse going up.)One of the horses didn't want to go up at first and was slipping around. So either way we went wasn't going to be easy. Now these are three seasoned trail horse and my mare is usually pretty good about going any where I take her. But I was worried about her slipping in the deep rut going up. The trail down was steep but not quite so rutted. Now these ladies I ride with are older than me and we usually go out for a long distance. They didn't want to turn around and go back so I decide to let Brenna just have her head and try to get up the hill. We made it with alot of hard work on the horses behalf. When we all got to the top, Nancy (who is 70 and no bigger than a minute) said "Damn that was fun". Here I am praying we would just make it and she is loving it. I informed them that we had better find a different way back, because there was no way I was going back down that hill, especially with the ruts. We did find a better way back and ended up having a great ride. So glad we didn't have young or inexperienced horses. Brenna is 13 and the other two are about the same age. Although it was SCARY, it made a good campfire story.