|Butch trots Farah out for BC (Photo by Jessica Anderson)|
Pulling into ride camp after several grueling hours of watching Butch maneuver us safely through lots & lots of traffic, we looked for a place to park. With a lot of riders expected, many had arrived early to save spots for their team. Butch was jockeying here/there - to find a spot not already spoken for. We ended up in the middle of the field within shouting distance of Anne-Marie & Lisa - who welcomed us to the neighborhood! No longer on a team - we fend for ourselves :-)
|Farah enjoys lunch after the ride~|
Before too long, I could hear a horse coming up behind us. Within a mile two - we made introductions. It became obvious that the three horses were all fit & we'd be traveling together on the trail. Marking ribbons were easy to follow, the footing was good, but dry & hard. In places loose rock demanded our attention. Arriving at the first of the water tanks I was surprised when the front runner said he was passing up the water & asked if that "OK"? No - not really - but I told him to go ahead. Most riders always offer water when it comes up. We did catch up & ride side my side for a while, but the pace was faster than I wanted to do.
I was riding with a heart monitor for the first time & could see that Farah was traveling well within the parameters that I'd read were in the "normal" range. When we reached the Vet Check, it was wonderful to have Butch there to take the reins & we both worked at cooling her down. She pulsed two-minutes behind the horse behind us. Farah takes a little longer than what I was used to with Khari. I'd forgotten the stomach buffer that I use with Farah's electrolytes, but she was eating well & was drinking fine. The pace was a little faster than I would have liked, so it was nice to leave the Vet Check on our own. Farah settled into her pace & we were having our best time of the day.
It wasn't long before we caught up to the second place rider & began seeing bikes & hikers on the trail. We were polite, but some of these other trail users seemed irritated that we were there at all... Farah took over her favored lead position.
|Bare Bones 30-mi. My 310XT tract|
Butch got back just as I was heading to our camp to clean Farah up for BC judging. We both worked the hour grooming her - while she happily consumed her mash & hay.
|Farah & Butch|
Farah did it all, did it well & gave me another amazing ride! Big heartfelt THANK YOU to the amazing man I married! I wouldn't & couldn't do it without YOU!