Trail Riding

We've added a new element to our visits to the stable - trail riding.

The stable owner pointed us down the county road, where the grass grows between the rows of corn and beans. These grassy areas are where the field drainage tiles are laid, providing a path for water overrun during heavy rains. This prevents the planting areas from being flooded. I think the farmers use these paths during planting and harvest time - a way to get their combines in and out of the fields.

In the spring, these areas are swollen with water from the rains, but in the summer and fall, the grass grows lush and green:
River of Grass
A picture from my archives, September 2010

We walked the horses down to the entrance to the grassy path and then the girls took off with their horses, through the corn:
Heading Through the Fields

We couldn't keep up with the horses, so we let them go ahead around the bend.
Evening Stroll

The trail only goes for about a mile and a half before dead ending in a field. The girls know better than to go riding through a farmer's field, so they turned around and came cantering back.
Feeling Free

You know those scenes in the movies where the horse and its rider gallop along the beach, the wind blowing the girl's hair like a flowing mane? Picture that scene, except with corn instead of the beach. The girls and the horses looked so free and happy.

So that makes me happy, too.

Susan  – (July 19, 2011 at 11:00 PM)  

These pictures are so beautiful. Great job!!

Terrie  – (July 19, 2011 at 11:37 PM)  

GREAT pictures and I can feel how free the riding is. May I know how to put the description on each images with the pointer on?
Thanks.

Sherry  – (July 20, 2011 at 1:14 AM)  

Wow. Free and happy indeed. Such a different scenery than what I'm used to. Love it!

Tara  – (July 20, 2011 at 6:27 AM)  

that sounds like a really nice time!

Tammy Lee Bradley  – (July 21, 2011 at 6:14 PM)  

What a lovely area. Wishing I was there. xo tam

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