I packed up my lunch, 5 carrots for the horses, drinks, cameras, Garmin and extra clothing as it was supposed to be pretty dang chilly :-) When I stepped outside it was cool but nice. I stopped at the barn and got Biscuit's breakfast. I got out at the pasture and had 2 carrots with me. There was standing water and I kind of lost my balance and ended up stepping into the water ugh. My boots are waterproofed but not totally! I certainly didn't want to get my feet wet and cold! Biscuit stood outside of the little corral - LOL I don't think he wanted to get his feet wet! He hates walking in mud and avoids it if he can. I gave Sarge some of the carrot and went around the mud and used Sarge's halter that was hanging on the corral panel to put on Biscuit. He didn't give me any fuss. I gave him carrots and hugged him up. I tied him to the trailer while I backed up my RAV4 and hitched it up. I noticed Biscuit has already started his winter coat and that is from Wednesday when I last saw him! I loaded him up and hauled out to Tyrrell Park. I stopped at The Cracker Barrel to use the rest room and to buy some Burt's Bee's lip balm. We then went on to the park. I backed up into our "winter" spot closest to the trail head so I wouldn't be in anyone's way that came into the stable/office area.
|At Tyrrell Park looking like a million bucks|
Biscuit, on the other hand, discovered that the beach is a great place
to trick or treat even if it is not Halloween. He went up to some people and they were more than happy to give him a treat of pretzels and potato chips in exchange for petting him. Biscuit thought that was just fantastic. Everyone he saw after that, especially if they had a bucket, was hit up for a treat. Kellie and I laughed at him and said he had no shame at all. He got a treat of several flour tortillas. Elan didn't care for the tortillas...they must have been to him like licorice always was to me....YUK! Biscuit's last treat was a handful of trail mix with dried fruit and nuts...yummy! He was loved up and petted by several people. It was nice to see he is trusting of people now where he didn't used to be.
A black lab escaped his owner from the back of a golf cart and came running at us barking like crazy. I turned Biscuit to face him and he and Elan just ignored the dog. Owner of the dog wasn't too happy his dog didn't listen to him ... he didn't speak to us - just got the dog in the cart and he looked totally ticked off. LOL no harm done to horses, people or dog so it was a good training session!
We got back to the fire station and got out their bag of hay. Biscuit's had bahaia and alfalfa. Elan wanted to share with him. Kellie said you don't like that yukky hay and I said but he likes alfalfa! Biscuit was doing all kinds of gymnastics to get to the alfalfa in the back side of the bag.
We rode 8 miles-the weather was perfect. Sunshine, mild temps, clear blue skies. What could have been better. It did my soul a world of good.