Friday, July 19, 2019
Most of yesterday, I was at my horse trailer, practicing how to load and unload a horse cart–not an easy, smooth process, but one that serves the purpose. Today, I’ve a goal of taking the cart, and my dependable Sunni, to a trail system with wide understandable paths, and driving her on them.
This has been building up, for our routine drives through neighborhood streets have become boring now that I’m conditioning two horses. Rosie is a little hyper and not ready for public trails, but Sunni is solid and dependable. The local streets are quiet and relatively safe, but if we were to attempt to move off in search of new territory, we’d have to mingle with and somehow work ourselves through heavy, fast vehicle traffic.
In my years of horseback riding, Sunni and I became familiar with many of Central Oregon’s trail systems. Some local riding areas have good flat roads, often shared with bicyclists (Sunni shows little interest in bicycles). There also are lovely trail systems too narrow to attempt navigating in a horse cart, but maybe that’ll feel less daunting once we’ve gained experience on various trail configurations.
So, we’re at a new forward step. It involves getting the cart in and out, loading a horse, and heading for public trails. I’ll continue driving Rosie on local streets until she’s ready for more diversity. My ultimate hoped-for goal: to drive these lovely horses as a pair.
Dear Friends, Each bit of acceptable progress begins a push toward newer goals. Diana