Yesterday was a good day. Started out with a nice family meal - my cousin P came over for breakfast, because afterwards she and my Mom were going to help Grandma clear out her closet and shoe collection. o.O Turns out that they did an amazing job - filled up the back of the van with clothes and shoes! My grandma has a harder time letting go of that stuff than I do, so I know it was an experience for everyone. lol.
My sister and I rode the horses over the trail. It is absolutely wonderful to be able to ride all the way up the hill again!! YAY!! I'll have to start hiking it again as well - there are a lot of sticks down in some areas due to the logging they did this fall and due to the tractor work to clear out the trail. So I'll toss those off the trail. Not sure I'll make it clear to that point on foot the first time out, though. Cactus is a really nice horse in the arena and out on the trail. We haven't decided if we're going to try to go over the hill again today or if we'll just ride in the outdoor arena - depends on timing at this point. As stiff as I was yesterday when we got back, I thought I'd be too sore today but so far seem to not be creaking around too bad. ;D
Speaking of horses, these Best Friend bareback pads
sound awesome! I am going to have to get the western style pad - the pockets would definitely be nice! While in theory you might be able to ride that pad over the hill, I'm not that keen on the idea. I rode Crisco over the hill truly bareback the other year, but I did fall off at one point and the rest of the time it was just more work than it was worth to stay on. But it would be nice to just ride for 30/45 minutes after work without it taking almost as long to tack up or needing help lifting Cactus's heavy saddle. Save the long rides for the weekends or my day off that way!
The Belmont was a combination of a let down and a beautiful race by the winner. I've been so excited the last few times that we might actually have a Triple Crown winner after so long, and Big Brown seemed like he had such promise to be able to do it! Yesterday just wasn't his day, though, regardless of the reason for it. Disappointing in that aspect, but Da'Tara ran an absolutely wonderful race from start to finish. You don't see the front winner pull that off very often!
One of the commentators made a comment that (the racing committee??) may consider the timing of the Triple Crown - I think they are considering making the time longer between them? While I think that's better for the horses in the long run, I'm not sure that it would still have the same effect of winning the Triple Crown. Isn't the whole point of it that it's very difficult and only the absolute best can win it? I wouldn't think that winning it in a longer stretch would give you the same degree of "Wow!" that the past winners have. But maybe that's just me. And it's purely speculation at this point, anyway.
It's always fun to wake up at 4 and not be able to get back to sleep. *sigh*