Walk In The Woods

Training Journal

If you’re riding a horse, you’ve already won.

Awareness of the outside world. Life hack. Discovered I can use an earpiece of my glasses to scratch under my mask. No removing. No touching. #joysofgettingolder

Went down to Wind Creek State Park to check out the horse trails. One of us thinks it’s a fantasy to imagine these two as hardy trail horses. The other one is delusional outrageously optimistic. Ah well, it was a nice day to hike with the dog.

This we could do. Turns out, it was a cut-off road.

How many ways can you say Nope? For hiking? Lovely trail. Well-maintained, well-marked. For horses? For our horses? No to the power of no.

On the map handed out at the door, all of the trails were marked multi-use. This horse sign was at the trail head. So, clearly they expected horses here. Maybe some horses. Not ours. It got way steeper than pictured. I had stopped taking photos by the time we got to the gnarly bits. Not quite Snowy River. Definitely Sleety Creek.

Later, online, the same map had a different legend. Those two trails over there were marked for horses. The one we went on was marked for hiking. We felt a bit better. At some point we may go back to check out the horse trails.

The dog was a trooper.

Stay safe. Stay sane.
Katherine Walcott

4 thoughts on “Walk In The Woods

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I didn’t know there were public, horse trails anywhere, except Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham. I can’t say that I have plans to take advantage of any of these trails, but … nice to know.

  2. The trails look a lot like the trails we ride regularly. In New England trails can be narrow and steep but our horses are used to them. It takes time to get horses used to this type of riding. I think many underestimate how good just trail horses are.

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