The Cedars (a juniper forest) near our house is finally dry enough for a long ride.
This pond is still frozen, but we hear a canyon wren singing its melody and see bluebirds flitting about.
We see elk in the distance, and later, a group of deer.
Coco samples Steve's PBJ sandwich.
Yes, we have yet another PBJ fan in the family.
Most of the trails in the Cedars are sandy, but some have cobblerocks.
In 350 B.C., the Greek historian, warrior and horseman Xenophon wrote a book called "On Horsemanship", in which he described a method of training that is considered the basis for modern dressage. He offered many recommendations for becoming one with a horse psychologically as well as physically, and advice on preparing a horse for warfare. (Only here can you learn "how to mount using your javelin"!)
In a section on hoof care, he suggests keeping a horse in a paddock with hoof sized cobblerocks to strengthen the hooves. We don't have any cobblerocks in our pasture, but riding over rocky terrain serves the same purpose. Cobblerocks are great for barefoot hoof conditioning.
The hooves are looking good, with tough soles and strong hoof walls. We'll be ready for rocky Uinta Mountain trails this summer.