I must begin this post with the above, our glorious Baylor/Gore ride photo from Saturday's Day 1 LD. It's possibly my new favorite ride photo ever and it's my first ride photo with Scrappy, since Gold Country didn't do LD photos. The glow-y blue accessories and ocean and my lovely Scrappy pony just make me smile :-)
To begin at the beginning, last Thursday Scrappy and I did our toe touches and neck stretches, loaded up in the packed truck and trailer, and hit the road for a 5 hr drive over to the coast to the 2 day, Mendocino Magic endurance ride.
We had a relatively uneventful drive, in that my truck and trailer performed fine, but we were following J over and her rig and her parent's had a bit of passing trouble. Still we all arrived Thursday afternoon at various times and settled in:
Scrappy tucked into Blaze & Desire's blankets, Thursday night
Away for a tack check ride Friday, Sedona is sexy and Scrappy is a bit of a snot around her. We don't ride together during LDs and may have to camp apart, too!
dragging-a-dead-thing trot outs at Gold Country last month on our first ride together, so since then I have practice trotting him out every time I've haltered him. Guess what--IT WORKED! We went from Cs on gaits and impulsion at Gold Country to all As on the same, all weekend at Mendo.
This is Scrappy being really Arabian and excited for a trot out :-)
With low 40s pulse and all As on our card and our tack prepped, we were ready for Saturday's start. I spent a typical nearly-sleepless night in my tent, and before long it was 5 am feeding time and after some great breakfast and hot tea in J's parent's camp trailer, it was time to tack up. Funny how time flies when you're cozy inside drinking hot drinks on a cold foggy morning! I do have to give a shout out to my Coleman tent here for keeping me completely dry and cozy throughout a weekend that was often foggy, very dewy, and even rained briefly one night.
Saturday morning tack up for the 7:30 am LD start
The start was quite tame, here we are walking off after N & Willow and the rest of the pack:
bastardized Western saddle with Woolback pad was comfortable for horse and rider and stayed in place perfectly with no crouper despite all the inclines! Woot!
crossing the driveway, Almost back to camp, Loop 1, Day 1
Vet check after Loop 1, Day 1
Gobbling, post LD, Day 1
Away we go, Day 2 LD
Baylor/Gore photography, neat one of us cantering away after the others
There are no more photos of Loop 2, but it's the same as Day 1 loop 2, so you get the gist. I wasn't in photo-taking shape but Scrappy's downhill muscles were getting sore at this point so I did all the gnarly downhills on foot again. We meandered along and I started wondering vaguely if we'd Finish before cut off but eventually a horse passed us on the trail, Scrappy upped his Death March to a Trot, and here we are 1/4 from the Finish, with happy ears on the horse, at least:
I sort of melted off Scrappy at the Finish line and pulsed at 56, vetted through fine, and somehow had the brain power left to ask one of the vets to look in Scrappy's mouth since he was doing that weird head throwing thing eating at the Finish again. The vet quickly confirmed he had pointy teeth in there and definitely needed a dental, and that was a mystery solved. J and R were wonderful looking after Scrappy that afternoon and evening as I alternately lay in my tent miserably, got up to vomit, lay down again, and repeat. Luckily I started to feel a little better by dark and I slept hard that night, awaking Monday with a bit of slow brain/hangover but no headache pain left. Huzzah!
Scrappy ready to load up Monday morning. I don't think he lost any weight this weekend....
We had an uneventful haul home on Monday and upon arrival Scrappy got a shower and more groceries in his field,while his human retired to her shower and bed. My vet will be out next Wednesday for dentals and I'll probably let Scrap rest on his laurels until then.