Today was a great day! Sassy and I managed to blaze another new trail; we went across the river near Coon Bluff and rode a trail that had already been established. After getting to the top of a very challenging climb, we had two choices: go back the way we got there, or find a new way down. Since Sassy and I are very much alike when it comes to challenges and avoiding "boredom," we agreed to find a new way down.
As we were making our way to the bottom and toward the river, we heard voices behind us. It was another group of riders who rode the established trail up, and usually take that same trail back down. They asked if we minded them following; of course, we said no problem! LOL A couple times two of the riders' horses wanted to take the lead, but Sassy would have NONE of that! She's a lead mare and was certainly not about to give that up to other horses, especially horses she didn't know. I love her self-confidence!
Before we parted ways, one of the women told me they've ridden several of the trails Sassy and I have blazed! I asked how she knew we'd done that, and she told me that "some riders" have mentioned how Sassy and I have no fear riding without someone with us. They told me I am brave for riding alone (I don't always have someone to ride with, so I'll ride Sassy and then ride whichever other horse we trailer out that day while David un-tacks Sassy, etc.) She also said Sassy has a very smooth gait, and people notice that. I smiled from ear to ear when she told me they see very few black horses and Sassy stands out. The riders thanked us for blazing another trail and they enjoyed the new route down the mountain. How nice was that? :)
Just as we were arriving back at Coon Bluff, we ran into a band of horses ~ finally!!! It was a band of 3 sorrel stallions; I call these guys WYATT, VIRGIL and MORGAN ~ after the infamous Earp brothers! I was so glad to see them for many reasons, the main one being they enabled our record to stand. The record I'm referring to is the one of seeing wild horses each and every time we've ridden there since November 4, 2012!! My birthday present that day was riding in the desert for the first time! For the first time without being in a group that is. Each and every time we've gone out there, we've (thankfully!) seen wild horses.
Here are a few pics of the guys we saw today:
I still have lots to catch up sharing, and I hope to get that done this week. Sassy and I are riding the desert again tomorrow; wish us luck!! We'll be sure to tell of anything exciting and/or unusual that may happen. Until tomorrow.......happy trails!