The Temporary Pull at Mile 92, Virtual Trail Report, Tevis Sippy Cup, Miles 91 to 94, October and November 2020

Riding Journal

Awareness of the outside world. Election day in the U.S. Update. I voted. I chose to vote on the day to boost the immediate, inarguable results. I predicted that my small, white, rural polling station would not be the scene of crowds or disturbances. I was correct. Short line that moved fast. More crowded than usual, but I voted with hubby on his way to work rather than going later in the day. 10 minutes soup to nuts. And now we wait. Thank you to all poll workers.

Milton has a slightly puffy left hind fetlock. It is either a tweak that will be over in 24 hours or a 3-week saga. Time will tell. Rodney and I are pressing on to meet the original deadline. Milton will catch up under the extension, if needed.


Lower Quarry, Mile 94. Image source & additional photos, The Tevis Cup: Lower Quarry.

Daily Log
We are doing our rides in 1/3 or 1/2-mile laps around our pasture. Link to standings, Doctor Whooves, Major Milton, All. Daily screenshots from VTevis results page.

Wednesday, October 27, 2020. No ride. Had weather and time. Decided discretion was better part of valor. Tropical Storm Zeta was pushing up from the coast. Horses do not like pressure changes, at least ours don’t.

Thursday, October 28, 2020. Today 2.09 miles. Total 92.64 miles. Time 53 min. Pace, walking. No more streetviews. Map has us at the finish line.

Stars! So many variables they have objected to in the past. Cow conversation. Tractor in cow pasture. Wind – seriously, we thought about calling it a day wind. Zeta was long gone but had a few tail swishes left, I guess. Muddy footing. Dusk setting in. They sauntered on.

Saturday, October 31, 2020. Milton today 0.06 miles; total 92.07 miles. Rodney today .0.06 tracked + 0.5 estimated, total 93.2.

Gorgeous day. Crispy, sunny. Everyone rested, warm, relaxed. The start of what looked to be a lovely, long-mileage ride … and Milton was lame. Not badly. Just enough for injured reserve. Ring work with Rodney for ~30 minutes. Figured half a mile was fair.

Rodney was not pleased to have landed back in the ring. I be a trail horse now. It only took 92 miles.

Sunday, November 1, 2020. Rodney today 0.5 estimated. Total 93.7 miles. Stepping Stone Farm for liberty work & ring work. 1/2 hour ridden = 1/2 mile. Probably.

Monday, November 2, 2020. Rodney today 1 warm up lap in hand, not counted, three laps tracked at 0.98 miles. The GPS was grumpy today. Total 94.68.

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