There were a surprisingly large number of cars already at the trail head when I arrived (before 8am on a Saturday). I was able to get turned around and parked easily but I was a little worried about being blocked in when I returned. Emi and I set out and armed with my cell phone and a map. The first 1/2 mile or so was fairly flat and then we entered into 2+ miles of climbing...fairly significant climbing. Every time we rounded a corner I thought it would be leveling off. Emi had started off pretty happy to go but part way through our climb her little ears went out to the side and I'm pretty sure she was thinking "this is not fun." I actually took pity on her and walked about a 1/2 mile near the top.
The view at the top of the climb was awesome!
We continued on our way and had finally found some flat trail. We picked up a trot and started making up some time. After a couple of minutes trotting I asked her for the canter. It was the first time we've cantered on a trail where she has felt totally confident and I was able to get up into two point and just roll along. Talk about fun. Her ears were up and we were just out enjoying the day together. That's the best feeling.
What goes up must come down. Part of the way down the mountain we pealed off from the logging road for an actual trail. Emi was thrilled because there was lots of grass to snag along the way.
There were a few steep spots and the trail was fairly smooth so there wasn't a lot to get traction on. She took small careful steps down those areas until it leveled off a little bit. I hadn't really thought of it before but as she was doing that I was struck by the fact that Emi is very sure footed. She rarely (if ever) trips, stumbles or slips. It's great and definitely makes you feel comfortable on her when out on the trails.
|The best trail pony around!|
(I dropped my map so had to get off to pick it up.
There are definite benefits to having a short horse.)