Our afternoon trail ride, as told mostly through pictures. Friend rode Tebow again and I rode Domino because obviously the 6 year old Thoroughbred eventer is much quieter on trails than the 20+ year old trail pony.
My stable is reasonably close to the C&O Canal, but I have only ever gone there with a group of boarders. There’s definitely a way through the woods and fields, but I couldn’t figure it out, so we ended up riding there down a long, long road. Thankfully, it’s not a very trafficked road – it’s mostly an access road used by cyclists and the occasional motorcyclist, as far as I can tell. They were all really good about passing the horses, and it was good desensitization for them (the horses, not the cyclists).
So it wasn’t a super exciting ride. We walked a long ways down a road, found the canal and river, played around there for a while, then headed back home the way we came. About eight miles total, almost all walking – except towards the end when Domino finally had enough and decided to jog sideways for the last mile or so. Silly goose is lucky I love him.
I wish I could say I’ll be doing this again on my own now, but I probably won’t. Pony Club successfully made me very nervous about solo trail rides. The little loop at the beginning is around the perimeter of our stable property, and that’s about as much as I’m comfortable doing without a buddy. But at least now I know the many bikes in the area won’t freak out either horse if we do venture away from the farm. Now I can tag along with the trail riding boarders on the weekends without worrying about either horse acting like a total fool. It’s a beautiful area and I know it’s great for Domino and Tebow (and me) to get out.