The desert wash leading to the trail.
Bronco Betsy and Jesse maneuver the trail.
Jesse sneaks a bite in before our lunch stop and Bronco Betsy soon wises up to his tactics and I occasionally hear her scold him for trying to snack!
Bronco Betsy and Jesse at the top of the "bunny slope trail"!
Rock formation on the trail.
Little Lady looks towards "greener pastures"!
Bronco Betsy and Jesse's "PHOTO OPP OF THE DAY!"
Of course we packed the usual lunch's and had "LEMONADE" and carrots and apples for the horses for our lunch stop. Jesse was a doll for his cousin even when Little Lady decided to be "SASSY"! She just does not like that shady treed canyon and this is the 2nd time I had her be a "mare" in this canyon. This time we got some crow hopping and some little bucks with kicks. Jesse and Bronco Betsy wisely chose to give her space and Jesse just shook his head at her "temper tantrum". I have done it the nice way...calming her, patting her and riding through it with her but I guess I need to take her "dad's" advise and remind her that Auntie Desert Rose does have spurs and even though I don't want to hurt her...I WILL! She did take notice of the reins that I gently laid across her hind end once which shows she understood what that might mean. She is a great little mare but at 5 years old now has the hormones of a teenage girl! Ye haw... let her buck, so she thinks. I think that her "dad" and I should take her up in that canyon for a whole day just riding up and down it and see how she likes them apples for her lunch!
I do have to tell you all how proud I am of my PONY COUSIN! She helps hook up the trailer, grooms and saddles her own horse, scoops poop, picks hooves, loads and unloads the horses, takes off and puts back on the blankets, and has not once complained about her sore ass...unless I ask! The Bossman has a date to ride with us next week...let's see how she does after a day in the saddle with him!
Your Desert Rose and Bronco Betsy!