Trail Log: 05-20-2017

  • Trail: Kane Springs – Owyhee Desert. An IMO ride
  • Miles: 21.1
  • Ave speed: 4.7
  • Max speed: 13.9
  • Riders: Self – Jones – Dusty “Circle 4”
  • Horses: Jack – Shooter – Raycine
  • Dogs: Shade – Hank – Dealer – Savannah

Notes: It was quite the adventure. Dusty had open heart surgery 9 weeks prior to the ride. He’d been riding a few times since surgery – 5 or 6 miles max. We ended up riding 21.1 miles on the first hot day of the year. Raycine tied up due to dehydration. We got her through it and  Dusty back to camp without further incident and still ended up with 3rd place! We would have taken second if we had not helped another team heading in the wrong direction. Out of 8 teams, only 3, including ours,  found all the markers… and we were taking it easy! We Rock… 🙂

Trail Log: 05-13-2017

  • Trail: Hwy 201 – Loves Reservoir Rd.
  • Miles: 9.01
  • Ave speed: 3.4
  • Max speed: 11.3
  • Riders: Self – Jones
  • Horses: Jack – Shooter
  • Dogs: Shade – Hank – Savannah

Notes: A little stormy at times. On the way back the wind picked up and it started to blow. Jack flipped around in the trail and turned his butt to it like horses do. Aside from a little storm here and there – a really nice day to ride and we made it back to the trailers before the big thunder storm rolled in.

 

Trail Log: 05-10-2017

  • Trail: Weiser River Trail
  • Miles: 8.20
  • Ave Speed:  3.9
  • Max speed: 13.4
  • Riders: Self
  • Horses: Jack and J’Lo
  • Dogs: Shade and Hank

Notes: Took the horses for a quick ride after work. Trying to get them in shape. Only rode 8.2 miles but loped/long trotted most of the way. The snakes are really out. Fortunately for the rattler that buzzed us – he wasn’t very pretty and wouldn’t look that great on my saddle.

Me and Jack’s version of a selfie.

 

Practice Videos

I bought a GoPro – mostly to use with mounted shooting so I can see what I’m doing wrong – or right, should that occur.

Having fun playing with the features and editing software so if my videos seem to a little special effect overload – that’s why.

I’m finally able to get into my arena after the winter from hell. This is of my first at home practice wearing my giant hat I bought for a costume later in the year. A bit reminiscent of the flying nun. It’s a good thing J’Lo and I don’t go very fast or we might take flight. Sort of like Mary Poppins with guns!

https://goo.gl/photos/MqoJp4nJLvWBE3Cx7

 

 

Trail Log: 05-06-2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Trail: Hammett Idaho IMO
  • Miles: 13
  • Riders: Self – Jones
  • Horses: Jack – Honor
  • Dogs: Hank, Shade and Dealer (stayed in camp during ride)

Notes: IMO ride (Idaho Mounted Orienteering) north of Mountain Home. Finished the ride between thunder storms and found all our markers. Jack did well without getting too chargy on the trail. The dogs stayed in camp during the race since you don’t know the water situation.

What is IMO?

Mounted Orienteering is a competitive, timed sport.  The object of the sport is to use a map, compass and clues to find five hidden markers while riding a trusty steed.  Competitors may ride individually or as a team of two or more.  The person or team who finds all five markers in the least amount of time places first.  Extra points are given to the first six competitors or teams finding all five markers in the least amount of time.  At most rides there is a non-competitive short course.  This course covers less distance than the regular course and landmarks and markers are easier to identify and locate.  Everyone gets two points for each marker they find.

http://idahomountedorienteering.com/

Trail Log: 5-2-2017

  • Trail: Weiser River Trail
  • Miles: 11.25
  • Ave mph: 3.2
  • Max Speed: 4.9
  • Riders: Self – Jones
  • Horses: Jack – Zeke
  • Dogs: Shade and Hank

I’ve been asked multiple times: Who takes care of and maintains the WRT?

 “Friends of the Weiser River Trail” – that’s who!

Check out their website for more info:

http://www.weiserrivertrail.org