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.
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.
Note: SBBCH second public outreach ride of the season. Wilson Creek was picked for the footing. Practically everywhere else is still too wet. We had a great turnout and made it back to the trailers just before the heavy rains.
Notes: SBBCH’s annual Celebration Park ride open to the public. We broke up into groups. I took my peeps on a longer ride. We had a great time despite the cold. The snow storm held off until the last 20 miles of the haul home. Pretty tired of this winter.
Trail: Celebration Park – Halverson Lake -Sandy Loop
Riders: Self, Janine T. , Linda E. and Mildred B.
Horses: Jack, J’Lo, Kiger, Ranger and Rocky
Dogs: Shade and Hank
Notes: First real ride of the year. It’s been an unusually brutal winter. Finding a place to haul to and ride has been a challenge. Celebration Park to the rescue. No snow and the trails were dry and sandy. The day started out a little breezy and cold – ended up sunny and mid 40’s. The horses were a bit frisky. I felt fortunate to make it to the halfway point to switch horses before Jack bucked me off. That horse needs some hard riding and wet blankets.