Here is Tammy holding Butter while her husband, John, is walking up.
All their horses look to be in good condition and happy. They are such pretty colors too.
I was glad that I was riding an experienced trail horse. I don't know how my horses would have been with such a large group of horses. Both Ginger and Blue were feeling fresh but very managable as we headed off along with the other riders around 10:00AM. I believe the official count was 128 riders!
We rode through the woods, up and down embankments, over dry creek beds, alongside fields, and over bridges. I carried my camera in my hand the whole time since Ginger reined so well with only one hand. I took tons of photos but I will try to limit them so I don't bore you to death. The trail was easy to follow because a 4 foot path had just been mowed for this ride. It was very pretty with the fields and trees greening up and all the birds singing. Here is Tammy on Windy and Sheila on Blue.We trotted a little but mostly we walked along until we reached the little town of Loma about 7-1/2 miles later. This town was used as a set in the movie, To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, Stockard Channing, and John Leguizamo. In the movie, the town was called Snydersville and one old building still has that written on a side wall. My mother was able to follow John's truck and trailer to Loma with our car. She waited there for the riders to arrive. Meanwhile, John set up water troughs for the horses to drink from. Then he saddled up Butter and rode back to join the trail riders.
Here's my dog Buddha checking out all the horses as they arrive. I felt so spoiled when John offered to hold our horses while we had our lunches. What a great guy! We bought sack lunches which were catered in. Lunch for us was a ham sandwich on a roll, chips, soda, and cookies. Yummy!
I think the horses were happy to just rest for a while. Here are Tammy and John's four horses. Don't they all look comfortable together? They're all super horses!Look at all those horses! Sheila fell in love with Blue! Aren't they cute together?Here I am with Ginger. She was a sweetie!
Here's one of the residents of Loma out for a stroll, curious to see what's happening around town. There were horses and riders everywhere!
I didn't hear of any really bad things happening to anyone so I would say the ride was a great success! I guess the worst thing was sunburns. My daughter and I burned our shoulders pretty bad from going sleeveless and I saw other ladies with even worse sunburns.
Most of the trail maintenance was done by Tammy and her husband over the last several years since the annual trail ride began 9 years ago. What a great job they've done organizing such a wonderful event! Thanks to everyone who made this happen! And a special thanks to Tammy and John for loaning your horses and making us feel so welcome!