|Farah enjoys the smorgasbord!|
I actually did try to find someone to ride with - without success. In retrospect, so glad I didn't! This ride was all about Farah. Decided to let her do what she wanted to do & see what it got me. What I got - was the most fun I've had in forever! We left the parking area at a trot! Yes, usually I let a horse warm-up, but she'd been out all morning & wanted to go! Part of the "deal" I made with her. What a trot it was! Over 14 mph - fast, straight, consistent for just over 2-miles! She slowed to her walk for a mile or so, then we trotted right up the first two hills - where she took another breather & ate grass while I took pictures :-) Again we headed up - nice collected trot to the top. Loose rein with contact the entire way.
It was no surprise to find that the view east was totally socked in. We headed over to the west side & were rewarded by breaking cloud cover that revealed a soaked landscape.
|West from the Monument|
|Was someone coming? Not likely!|
On the way back, as we headed up, Farah dropped her head, lifted her back, dropped her rear & moved into a gallop with one of the smoothest transitions I've ever ridden! We started flying! Again - straight, true, not even the glimmer of a spook! Up to 18 mph by the time we reached the summit. Yippee! Deep breath & on we went! All this & only the start of what is her first real year of conditioning!