Notes: When I first found Jack, we rode all over the place alone. Just him, me and Shade. Later on, another horse or mule was added to the herd and went along…usually as a tow. With the addition of J’Lo – I’m either riding Jack and towing J or vise-versa. Saturday, I decided to saddle up Jack and head out with just him, me and the dogs. It was a good opportunity to get the dogs out where they can get to water whenever they want and spend some quality time with my pony. Jack has never been herd or barn sour – probably because we have ridden alone so much. J’Lo is a great little horse – but I’d rather ride Jack any day of the week. He’s about as solid as they get…especially when your being chased by renegade Indians or, as in the case of this weekend…the post apocalyptic Immortan known as the infamous : Toecutter. Your evil warlord ways are no match for the mighty steed: Sir Dee Jack. However, the little orange “Official Friends of the Weiser River Trail vehicle” flag kind of ruined the whole “Mad Max” thing you had going on.
Riders: Circle Four (Jones, Dusty, Karen and Self)
Horses: Honor, Rooster, Jane and Jack
Notes: An Idaho Mounted Orienteering (IMO) ride set North of Hammett Idaho near the old Oregon Trail. We found all five markers in less than 5 hours and completed the course in 14.12 miles. We did MUCH better than we have in the past. Last year Jones and I placed third at this same ride. There are more teams and the competition is getting tougher. We mostly go just to find all five markers and try to finish the ride in 4 hours. Karen has a great sense of direction and is good at reading the map. Me – I pretty much just get the gates and have a knack for stumbling onto the plates without using the bearings.
Life flight was called in to haul out a lady that come off her mule. She was riding with another gal that is also an EMT. From what I hear – she is going to be fine.
Dogs: Hank (Shade stayed in camp – too hot and not enough water for her)
Notes: Karen and I went up Friday before the Hammett IMO. We brought both shooting horses to get them out on the trail and out of the arena. We went for a short ride Friday evening. Previous in the day we went for a short hike and found a micro-cache.
Riders: Circle 4 team +guest rider Alice S. (fellow CMSA shooter)
Horses: Jack – J’Lo – Annie – Jane – Dusty – Zip – Honor and Rooster
Dogs: Hank – Shade – Dealer – Savannah – Oscar (dogs stayed in camp. Too far and no water on the trail.
Notes: What a weekend. Fellow shooter Alice S. mentioned she would be in Idaho until our Nampa shoot. I invited her to our first IMO ride as our guest. We hauled in on Friday, set up camp and went for a hike searching for a geocache. The IMO race was Saturday – 22.13 miles and just under 8 hours later we found all five markers. Beautiful – interesting country. We learned a few things:
Jack is a rattlesnake magnet.
Trust in yourself and your teammates
Do not trust in your competitors.
Never pre-judge people. The person you find “different and odd” from first impression just might end up being a darn good friend.
You can fix anything with ingenuity and yellow duct tape.
If you get bit on the butt by a rattlesnake – your probably going to die.
Home really is where the heart is.
This weekend warrants it’s own blog piece – now to find the time…
Notes: Went for a quick exercise run. Nothing exciting happened other than some cows swimming across the river. Didn’t know they would do that. Why would a cow cross the river? To get to the other side I suppose.
Interesting side note. A dead body was discovered on the trail. I don’t know how I didn’t discover it myself – or my dogs. I ride by the area all the time. I assume the body was found close to the river itself where I don’t usually water the horses. Thank goodness. Prayers to the mans family: