Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas Ya'll!!!

This Christmas season has been very busy. With starting a new job at the College of Veterinary Medicine and an extra dog (Mom's dog Dylan) staying with me since Thanksgiving. The weather has not been cooperating either. We have had so much rain and it seems always on my days off.
We did get time to ride in the Parade in Holly Springs with a group from the CVM. I brought Sadie along and had her wear two sets of sleight bells and a sign on each side of her pack saying NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. The Mules did great and led all the other horses through the parade. They took the marching bands, floats and tons people all in stride!

I convinced Navarre to load up on to the porch for this years Christmas Card photo!
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & Lots of Mule Riding in 2010!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Mule Club Leatherwood Ride

The weather was prefect for a Fall ride at Leatherwood!

Friday afternoon Jane and I met up and took on the challenge of Ambush Trail (one of mine and Jane's favorites!) We then went to the Elk Creek over look before heading back to camp. It was a cool, crisp night and I took advantage of the quite camp ground and headed to bed early.

Saturday only three riders made it for the weekend. Jane and her Token Mule Club Horse Val and Beverly and her mule Gypsy Rose, of course Sadie Mae and myself. We set out on a very cool morning and as we climbed the hills the temperature also climbed. Some of the trees still had their brilliantly colored leaves. The ones that did not let us see the mountain views that are hidden all summer!

We rode Cowboy trail and had lunch in a meadow sitting in the cool grass! Sadie tried to take a roll in the meadow (Can't say that I don't blame her) but my saddle was on! Beverly's mule Rose was very good the whole ride but tried some new 'tricks' on Beverly once we got back to the barn. She wanted to stay with Val the horse rather than ride over to the other barn with Sadie. Beverly handled it well and persisted and was rewarded by winning that battle! Both are well on their way to a great partnership!

Saturday night Jane's husband Paul, who was out hiking during the day, saved us by getting a wonderful fire going! It was a cool evening with the stars shinning bright. Beverly and I surprised Jane with a birthday cake and card. Her birthday was the next week.

Sunday we set out for a shorter ride. The sky was just as clear and the trails so quite! Hardly a bird was even up that morning! After coming in Jane and Paul hit the road and Beverly and I enjoyed a great lunch at the Saddlebrook Resturant before loading up and heading home!

CMA Makes the NEWS - Again!

Check out this link! Holly & Bruce Fisher hosted a work day and ride at Dupont Forest last weekend. This is the Mule Club's second time helping out DuPont State Forest. Kenny Tyndall, Rondal Hudson and Rascal Annas brought mules to help with a tree clearing project! 60 logs in one day!
I am so proud of our members for helping the Forest do things in a more environmentally sound way!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Birthday Party for a Poitou Donkey?

Yes, it just happens that Navarre's Birthday is the same day as mine, Oct. 26th, also National Mule Day. Do we need any more excuses for a party? I did not think so!
Many thanks to my parents for making a special trip to come to the party and help me get everything ready!
Many thanks to Molly for coming a day early to also help get things ready!!

Many thanks to all my great friends who attended and brought such great food to share and surprised me with presents too! We all had a great time despite the cold, wind and rain.
It did clear up enough for Sadie Mae to give two pony rides to the kids, Tyler and Naomi who showed up!
To answer your burning question Navarre was 2 years old and Shannon turned another year older, but not any big miles stone numbers!

Thanks everyone! Shannon

Poitou Donkey Navarre and Shannon
Mom and Dad!

Lisa, Shannon & Bev

Navarre's Cake!

Pony rides!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Obstacle Course for Best of America By Horseback Ride

I headed for my favorite place in the world, Leatherwood, with one mule and a trailer full of stuff! The TV Show Best of America By Horseback was having a national ride this weekend and they had asked me to host a Trail Challenge for Sunday afternoon. The place was a buzz of people, vendors, riders and good food smells! Friday night was a nice dinner and people getting to know each other or seeing old friends. It was rainy and drizzly and cold, yuck! That night it poured rain on and off and in between the rain storms the wind blew and blew! I had to get up and put my awning away. Poor Sadie was tied to the trailer in this lovely weather but she was partly under a tree and had a warm winter blanket on too!

Saturday morning was a much different story, clouds pulling off and the sun!! We all saddled up for our group ride to leave out at 9AM! The ride went well and I was glad that I had a t-shirt on as it got rather warm. The group stopped at different times for various reasons and my group got separated from the rest so I got to lead them up the mountain. Best of America had cameras along the way to film us as we rode by.
After Lunch and Beverly arrived I started loading things into the arena. At dinner we sat at a table in the back and got a few more people to sign up for the trail course!
Sunday AM Bev and I met Abbie for breakfast. Bev had told me Abbie wanted to have breakfast with us and then Caroline from the resturant also gave me a hard time about not yet eating at the resturant yet. Well I was surprised at the end of breakfast with two cakes and a singing of Happy Birthday! Apprently Carolin and Bev could not remember which cake was my favorite so she made both! Boy was I surprised!

After several mad hours of setting up the course it was done! All my extra work had paid off as I must say the course looked good. I could not wait to see how the horses and mues did with it!

Sadie Mae was a pack mule for the advanced group. They had to take her from a handler and lead her between some cones and return her! She did very well, esspcially not knowing the horses or people who were leading her.
Everyone seemed to have a good time and once the scorces were added up and awards given it was time for a mad clean up! Lots of people helped get the things taken down and out of the arena. Lucky for me and Bev her friend Mike stayed and help us actually get the things loaded back on to my trailer! Sunday night was a nice dinner and cake!! Then Bev left for home!

Monday AM I took my truck and drove around the roads outside Leatherwood to see what I could find! I found lots and lots of wild turkeys and one beautiful mountain view!

Cattle Working Clinic with Brad Cameron

Photo of Seven and my boot taken by a Newspaper Reporter who came to write a story about the clinic!

On Oct. 2, 3 & 4th a group of Mule riders gathered at Flintrock Farm in Reidsville, NC for a Mulemanship and Cattle Working Clinic by Brad Cameron. The Clinic was hosted by my good friends Holly and Bruce Fisher. The Clinic started with about 20 people in Mulemanship 1 Class at 9AM. Brad started everyone out with ground work and then exercises in the saddle to help build a foundation of training and trust with you and your mule. At 1pm the group I was in gathered in the lower arena to start working cows. A few of the mules were fearful of the cows and they where not even in the pen with us yet! Seven was calm and relaxed about the whole thing since we have worked cows before. Brad went over the basics and showed us some of the movements we will need our mules to do to work the cows.

My friend Deby Cochran brought her donkey Pauline and Alison who owns Pauline's sister Joy also came. Bad said this was the first time he had ever had donkeys in is Cattle Working Class. Both did really well!

He then let them into the ring and we took turns moving the whole herd around the outside of the arena. Brad paired me and Seven with the mule that was the most scared of the cows to give that mule support. Seven was more concerned with what that other mule was going to do next instead of the cows. Towards the end of the session Brad let me and Seven do some extra things with the cows so that Seven did not get board. He paid me a big complement by telling my I had a nice and well broke mule!

The next day we got to do some sorting of the cows and learned more how to ride to stay ahead and cut the cow off from the rest of the group. Seven caught on and was having a great time, me too!

On the third day we practiced working cattle out of a group and Jay Lankford joined in for some fun with us. His great mule Zip, who had done some cattle working before jumped right in. I saw the mule get impatient with a cow and reach up and kick at a cow with his front hoof!! Amazing! Jay said he has used Zip to load cattle onto trailers and that is when he started doing that.

Then they divided the riders into two groups and set up an obstacle course for us to herd the cow through. It was very entertaining to watch the cows cross a bridge, go over a small jump and be guided between black tubes on the ground. We had to work as a team to get this all done! After the last class was over I got to stay late and help load the cows on to the trailer for Jay to take them home!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Visitor From Across The Pond

Donna riding Sadie Mae and Shannon riding Seven.

I finally got to meet my long time email friend Donna Taylor! She came to North Carolina to visit some friends and stayed with me for four days. I made sure they were four action packed days!

I emailed Donna after several years of reading her monthly article in the Mules and More Magazine that used to be called Sweetheart's Life in England. Donna had traveled to the US several times to the Red Rock Ride in Utah and fell in love with an older mule named Sweetheart. The owners allowed her to purchase the mule and she imported her to England. After Sweetheart became old and had some lameness problems and had to be put down, I email Donna my condolences. As just a side item I asked her if Little Chalfont, England was near Chalfont St. Peters when I lived and learned to ride at Brawling Stables. The two towns are right next to each other and that struck off a long line of emails.

Donna meets Navarre and Chester at the St. Clair Red Mule Farm!

Donna arrived at the airport in Raleigh on Friday around Noon. Lucky for her she has been in North Carolina visiting other friends for the last few days so she was on this time zone! I picked her up and took her for a quick introduction to my farm and the Long Ear Crew. We soon loaded Seven and Sadie in the trailer and headed for our first adventure! Night riding in the Hoffman Gamelands Sandhills. As we neared the area and took a smaller paved road that quickly turned into all sand Donna mentioned how different everything looked. The pine trees, sand and underbrush is different from any where else in North Carolina. When we arrived we where greeted by my friends who helped us get parked! Kenny Tyndall htpp:// and Bernie Halberts , Ronald Hudson, Danny Tart and others rounded out the group. As the sun settled and the moon began to rise we saddled up as the "guys" harnessed the mules. We set out at 8:30 with five wagons and three riders. We moved quickly down the long straight trail and I know Donna was wondering what she had gotten herself into when I gave her this piece of advise. "If all Hell Breaks loose and it looks like there might be a wagon wreck, head for the trees and hide!" She asked me if I actually thought there might be a wreck. About half and hour into the ride C-130's (BIG GIANT AIRPLANES) started coming over just over the tree line from behind us! Oh, yea, I remember we are heading to Camp McCall and the Army takes advantage of the full moon by doing their night jumps! Oh this is going to be fun! Donna got Sadie figured out and everyone settled in.
We got to Camp McCall, Donna and I got our photo taken by the abandoned Tank. It was just seconds after that I noticed Ronald and his wagon with two mules making circles in the dark. Things did not look good. Before I could say anything to Donna the wagon tipped over and Ronald went flying in an arch about 15 feet, landing in the sand. The wagon tipped over and then back up again. The two mules broke the axle in two and took off, straight for us! Seven was already dancing around wondering which way was the safest place to be. Sadie stood steady like a rock while the two mules whooshed right past her and Donna, taking off down the road. Ronald was ok and Bernie who was in the wagon with Ronald was ok once he found his pipe. The wagon was beyond repair so it was pushed over to the side. One wagon took off down the road to look for the loose team. Ronald's black mule was found still hooked to the broken axle, wrapped around a tree, so they tied her there. Polly, Bernie's mule was not found that night. Jokes were told that she was headed back to Mexico. (Bernie and Polly just finished a trip from North Dakota to Mexico).
As Donna and I were watching the whole scene we noticed the full moon and paratroopers gliding down on their parachutes in the night sky! WOW!
We followed, a more dependable wagon owned by Don King, on a longer trip home. The moon light got so bright it was like a Wal-Mart parking lot at some points. One road we traveled was just spectacular! Tall trees on each side and the moon light shining down from in front of us, lighting the whole area!
We returned to camp and they had still not found Polly. We left about 12:30AM and got to my house around 3AM. I learned my new saying from Donna that morning, "I'm Shattered!" Meaning, Oh so tired!

We slept in and relaxed around the house for most of the day Saturday. We packed for the Leatherwood trip for Sunday and then left around 3Pm for a trip to Deby and Tom Cochran's place on the other side of Raleigh. They are the proud owners of several Champion Mammoth Donkeys and Mules. They offered to let Donna take a spin on Pauline, a Mammoth Jennette who just won her fourth year in a row, HIGH POINT DONKEY at Shelbyville, TN. The Great Mule and Donkey Celebration is one of the top mule and donkey shows in the country. Pauline graciously gave Donna a great ride! There is nothing like riding a great mammoth donkey! Then she was offered a ride on Coal, Tom's multiple world champion mule. He is 16-hands, black mule, who showed Donna how to spin, side pass and turn on the forehand. Donna was so tickled with Coal's lope! (ME, I was jealous the whole time!)
Afterward Tom and Deby treated us to a nice Mexican dinner!

Donna riding Pauline, owned by Deby Cochran! WHAT A PRETTY DONKEY!

Sunday morning it was off to Leatherwood. We met Bev Dual and her new mule Gypsy Rose for a ride. Leatherwood is my favorite place in the world! We took Rodo Gap to Frog Pond Pass to the top part of Roberson Trail. We stopped at the over-look for a late lunch before heading back down Ramblin Trail.
That evening two of Donna's friend she was visiting earlier in the week came down from Jefferson and we had quite a crowd for dinner!

Donna with Sadie Mae and Seven at Elk Creek trail Over Look at Leatherwood!

Monday most of the trail riders where packing to go home. We had to get Sadie's shoes tightened by my friend and farrier Perry before riding. We messed around some in the arena and Donna tried out Seven before we headed out on to the trail again. We hated to leave but headed home that evening.

Donna and Sadie Mae cross a bridge on Roberson Trail at Leatherwood.
Donna plays with Seven in the arena at Leatherwood! Here Loping in fine style!

Donna and Sadie Mae climb a hill on Rodo Gap trail at Leatherwood.

Tuesday I took Donna to work with me at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. I think she got the best tour ever. We headed down to the Podiatry area so she could meet Dr. Mansmann, Kurt the farrier and Andrew. They where working in a very interesting case of a reining horse. The owner is a Judge and once I explained that Donna was from over seas he was willing to let me show her about his horses conformation, Dr. Mansmann showed her the problem they were working on and the owner even showed her how the sliding plate shoes work. Then we got to see a horse being put out for surgery, a dog getting an MRI. To top it off she got to see two surgeries going on in the small animal area!
After that we left for lunch and I took her to the airport.
What fun we had! Can't wait till she can come back. I had to pack it all into just a few days so we were both "SHATTERED!"

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

AQHA Ride at Pocahontas State Park, VA

Early Sunday Morning, August 30th I headed North to Pocahontas State Park with Seven for an AQHA Trail Ride. I was excited to be able to see my long time friend Cathette Plummer who is in charge of the ride. I was the second person to arrived with a horse trailer and was happy to have a warm but not hot day! Seven watched my every move as I walked over to the sign in table and checked in.

The day was to start with a Trail Challenge in the arena. As quite a few horse showed up I got in line for my turn. We had to carry a bucket from one place to the other and check mail in a mail box, which Seven did well. Then cross to another area to drag a log and then show your equine was not afraid of a rain slicker. Then you had to jog towards three cones that were placed very close together. You needed to do some tight turns and make an S shape to get through them. Seven and I practiced that a bit before entering! He did it well and cantered out of the ring!

Then we where off to the ride! As we started off I led about 25 horses across the parking lot at a good walking clip. The horses soon started jigging and jogging and getting all bunched up so I let them all pass me and Seven just held his steady fast walk! I was very pleased with him for holding his walk!

I met up with a trial guide and she asked if she could ride along with me. She was surprised when I asked her if her horse was an Icelandic Horse. She said most people don't know what breed of horse she is. She was a very cute dark sorrel color named Diva and walked quickly along with Seven even though she was only 14 hands.

As we came along the trail their were several stations with a Judge and other trail obstacles like backing between two trees, passing a bike, etc. It was a really nice long ride and we returned just in time to get some lunch and listen to a presentation about Pocahontas State Park and talk to some people who came with Indian artifacts and information about the local tribe in the area.

After lunch the placings for the Trail Challenge was announced. Seven and I got 3rd place and we received a ribbon and I got to pick out a nice pair of earrings! Susan riding Diva and Me with Seven headed out for a second ride in the cooler forest.

Thanks so much Cathette! This was another well organized and great ride! It was so nice catching up with you and seeing you new horse trailer.

I headed back and had quite an adventure in the parking lot of a Wendy's Fast Food while trying to get dinner. Lucky for me some nice ladies moved their car for me to be able to make a sharp turn or I might still be sitting in that parking lot!!

A Sunday Ride and Bev's New Mule

Sadie checking Paul's pockets for cookies while he steals a drink of water the Cowboy way!

It was a little hot but Jane and Paul came over for a ride Sunday August 23rd. I sent Jane and Paul riding Sadie Mae off for a ride while I waited for Bev to arrive with her new mule Gypsy Rose. Bev just bought her two weeks ago and was bringing her over for a test ride and for us to check her out. After some tack adjustments and lunch all four of us headed out for a nice ride.

Bev and Gypsy Rose had a great ride and you can tell that Bev is over joyed with her new Long Eared Partner!
Congrats Bev and Rose!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Before & After Donkey Body Clipping

Here are some photos of Navarre and Chester before and after some body clipping. They both had so much hair that they were too hot with the more than warm weather we are having right now. Navarre was espcially good and let me use the BIG BOY clippers on him! I had to run into the house as soon as I was done and take a shower!

Navarre Before Clipping!

Navarre After Clipping!

Chester Before Clipping!

Chester After Clipping, Shinny and pretty! (tail swishing not cut off!)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Grayson Highlands Ride 09

This trip was wonderful!
Mom and I had a great time with Bev and her visiting grandson on Tuesday. My mules got to stay in one of Bev's luxury pastures with lots of grass while we ran around West Jefferson, shopping and having dinner. I bought a wind chime that was made of tin cups, spoons and forks with a few beads for decoration. This was a big hit in the camp!

Then we moved to Grayson Highland camp ground on Wednesday. We arrived and got the camp set up and the mules in the stable just in time for the rain to hit! Good timing! So others in the camp came over and we visited under the awning!

With no other rain the rest of the weekend, we had some good days to ride. Thursday we rode out and promptly rode into a cloud! Most everyone was wearing jackets and it was damp till we rode down to a lower level. Friday's ride was nine hours. We rode to The Saddle and towards Elk Garden. We came out and rode through a nice section of a country area with some houses and a church. The started climbing the longest hill ever. I think it went on for 45 minutes. We climbed through some Christmas tree farms and up to a beautiful view!
Saturday's Ride was 10 hours! Boy were we tired but happy! We rode down to Bald Eagle Rock for lunch and on the way their we got a great look at a bear!! He came across the trail right in front of the leaders of the ride and went into the woods about 40 feet, then stood to watch us go by. Everyone in the group got to see him but no one got a photo! He was really black and woolly with a big brown nose. The whole time we wore jackets and sweat shirts and the trails where full of Blue Berry and Black Berry Bushed. You could just ride by and grab a few Blue Berry's as you went.

On Sunday Mom rode Sadie Mae and we saw a bunch of wild ponies. We went to the Scales (a camp ground) and then to the ice cream shop. Mom did great and said she was finally able to relax and have a good time. (5 hours) Sadie was an angel!
An older mule on the trip got cold after the ride on Thursday. She was shivering all over. So we walker her to get her warm and put a blanket on her. Then gave her some electrolytes and a warm grain mash! That fixed her up!
Seven some how got a tiny cut on his front leg just above the fetlock. I think he got it rolling on a rock or something, of course it promptly swelled up! I put DMSO on it Wednesday night but that did not help it. So I got some bute and mixed some furison and DMSO with a Wal-Mart shopping bag and a leg wrap over night and that finally broke it open and let the swelling come out. I was so worried that is was going to get infected. He was never lame and only got one day off.
Also my friend Karen had a very scary reaction to we think Ibuprofen! Brenda woke me up at 2AM needing Benydril (Which me the girl scout had lots of) then we sent her down the hill to the hospital. She got worse on the way down (hard time breathing, itching and then shaking) and so they called 911 and was directed to an EMT station where they gave her a shot and some pills. She was back my 6AM and feeling better. Scary when you are that far from everything!
I think I need to take a Vet Med and EMT course!!!

Mom and I got home about 9PM on Sunday night! It was so hot we discussed wanting to go back up on the mountain!! The forecast for Monday was 101 degrees with the heat index of 105!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Robbins Farmer's Day Fair

Went the the Robbins Farm's Day Fair this Saturday. It was HOT! I met up with a lady, Anne and her mule Sister who just moved from CA. This was the molly's first parade. Sister got all crazy over some donkeys that where in the parade in front of us and did not even care about what was in the parade. So funny!
The mule was prancing and dancing and braying! I told her that she may not like how her mule was acting but that the Judges and crowd would. Guess what! Sister won the trophy for BEST MULE in the Parade!! We where so excited!

Along with several other CMA Members, Kenny Tyndall was there with all four of his mules hooked up! They looked good and did great for being a new four up team!

After Lunch we waited for the Army to do a 4 man parachute jump before we could begin the mule show. They land in the same field that we have the show in!
Seven got 2nd out of three in halter. (Can't beat Mable she is too prefect!)
Then we rode in Western Pleasure. Seven rode very well with no warm up and won the class, but there was only one other mule in the class. I was still pleased with how Seven rode and had several people tell me they where impressed with how broke he was.
(Oh yea, there was a Lumber Jack Competition going on 30 feet from the ring!)
When no one signed up for Coon Jumping Class Robbie asked me to go in since he knew Seven would at least jump a little. (I have not worked on Coon Jumping only Direct and Drive over some barrels and a few downed trees)
We got 4 others to enter and guess what? Seven WON! We jumped about 3 feet in four seconds and the only other mule to jump that high did it in a longer time. We got a 24" tall trophy.
Who would have ever guessed a Belgian Mule would win the Coon Jump?

For those of you who don't know what Coon Jumping is:
It is a high jump competition where the mule is led into a 10x10 box and then must stop and stand. Then the timer is started to see who jumps the fence the quickest. You get to knock the bar down at each height one time and then your out if you miss again. Usually smaller lighter mules do well at this event and can jump 72" or higher from a stand still! It is Jaw Dropping to see them do it! This started after people where using mules to coon hunt with.

Teaching a mule to want to jump over a little wood bar, sometimes high enough for them to walk under and easy for them to knock down, is like trying to teach a cat to shake hands on command!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

WWE Wrestlers at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine?

At work I was contacted by Make-A-Wish Foundation in need of an equine and a location for a photo shoot for three kids to meet their favorite WWE Wrestlers.
I only knew one equine for the Job -Sadie Mae!

On July 20th the Equine Health Program (whom I work for) hosted the kids from Make-A-Wish for a photo shoot and lunch with two WWE Wrestlers at the NCSU CVM. Clothes for the photos were provided by Wrangler who is a sponsor of WWE.
It turned into a magical day. The rain stopped just in time and the kids were truly surprised by WWE World Champion Wrestler Kofi Kingston and WWE Wrestler Diva Mickie James. She is a horseback rider and sat on mule Sadie Mae for part of the photo shoot.

Kofi had to be talked in to getting on Sadie Mae and it was quite funny. He held his World Champion WWE Wrestling Belt while he rode her.
Sadie who was looking like a Diva herself, was like a rock the whole time. She put up with a microphone on a pole, snapping, popping and flashing of big light bulbs, 25 people all around her. At one point a camera man tripped and landed, camera and all right in front of Sadie. She hardly blinked an eye at it all.
We are honored to have been able to make this event happen for the kids and also to share with the Make-A-Wish, Wrangler and WWE group the great things that go on here at the CVM. Several tours where given and the kids got to see the skeletons and other displays in the school.

For more information on our Eastern North Carolina Chapter of Make-A-Wish visit:

Photo of the beginning of the photo shoot!

One of the Make-A-Wish Kids got a ride and gave us a BIG SMILE!

Navarre Baby Pictures

Navarre born Oct. 26th, 2007 - My Birthday too!
Navarre and his Mother Gigi -two days old - Check out how his ear is bent under her chin.
Here is another one of him at two days old, check out that coal black hair and knobby knees!

Sue sent me this photo of Navarre when he was about 5 month old.
Can you even tell there is a donkey under all that hair!
People are telling me he looks like a Donkey/Alpaca cross or a Donkey/Poodle Cross! I agree!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ladies Leatherwood Weekend!

Stacey, Donna, Holly, Jane, Bev and me! Four Mules and One Short Ear!
It was a little hot when we first arrived to unload and tack up but as soon as we got on the trail things cooled off. Riding along the side of streams and in the shade we just picked which trails we wanted to ride as we came to them!
That evening we made our way up to the cabin and met up with Stacey who was already moved in and was cooking! We moved in and checked out the new addition on the Palomar Cabin. Some took a dip in the hot tub and enjoyed the view. Soon we sat down to a wonderful meal of steak burger, potatos, squash and other goodies. After a trip down the mountain to feed and check on the mules, Stacey had her home made Cheese Cake ready for everyone!
Early Saturday morning we had some fresh bagels, fruit and packed a sandwich for lunch. We rode out at 8:30AM after some photos taken by Lizzy from Leatherwood. We took the Ambush Trail in the hopes of spotting a Mountain Lion that was sited there a few days ago. No such Luck! But it was a pretty and cool (in the 60's) for most of the morning. We got to our lunch pasture called High Pad but barely got our sandwiches down before some guys showed up to mow the pasture. We spend the rest of the afternoon winding down the mountain. Saturday night at the cabin, another wonderful dinner from Stacey, more cheese cake and some hot tub time! Sunday we packed up but not bare to leave the cabin until check out time! So we sat and talked and enjoyed the wonderful views! Another short ride before heading home to the Hot Land!