I had this dream the other night that I was riding a smooth-gaited horse through acres of wildflowers with my daughter and two wonderful friends at side.... no, wait, it wasn't a dream! We had a fantastic, laid-back ride at Shaker Village the other day with the most picture-perfect blue sky, pleasant temperatures, and wildflowers at their peak (the photos don't do them justice). And the horses.... they all behaved exquisitely!
My friend Marti has a very, very special paint horse named MuMu (McHippus), and his training has been thoughtful and slow. Its been a huge step for Marti and Mu to be "out" with other horses on real trails, and they are doing beautifully.
I so admire Marti's patience, as well as the dedication that MB is showing to help them along, and can't wait until we do it again!
As always, we had a great picnic... well, everything couldn't be perfect- the wine bottle broke in the saddle bag, first time that's ever happened! Must have been a Shaker ghost around, voicing their disapproval.
Mirian with her patient steed, GringoPin It Now!