Posted by: millspaw | April 6, 2015

A Grand Adventure to the Grand Canyon: Day 3

Oreo Sam A Baker Calm Stoney pic

Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sam A Baker State Forest

Patterson, MO

The trail that we rode today is called Mudlick Trail. This trail is 16.75 miles long and is the only one for horses. Many sections of it are restricted to hikers only. Since Oreo and Stoney are not yet in shape we opted to take two short rides.

The trailhead for horses starts right out at the Equestrian camp. The trail took us beside the river. We would have liked to have done the short loop, but we would have had to cross it. Because of the recent storm, the water was fast and deep. We traveled further down hoping for an easier crossing. The second river crossing was even deeper than the first and we did not want to be swimming our horses in that rush of water. We decided to turn around and head back to camp, which was fine with me, since we are not in shape either.

After a nice long nap, we got the horses saddled for a dirt road ride since there were no other trails here for horses. Dan and I switched horses just to see the difference.

Oreo (my horse) is a ten year old registered Spotted Mountain horse. She is 15.3 hands tall. She is a hard horse to get on because of her height but she is as smooth as glass when she is gaiting. I bought her in December from a dealer in Michigan. He didn’t know much about her background since he had only had her about four months. She is a good horse and seems to know her way around a trail.

Stoney, Dan’s palomino, is 15 hands and a stocky Rocky Mountain/Tennessee Walker cross. His gait is slightly shorter than Oreo’s, but is also a nice ride. He is 15 years old. His previous owner really wanted us to have him and lowered his price $1000 to entice us. It worked and we bought him.

The two horses get along great. No bickering, kicking or squealing over food or water. They are both shedding out and we are spending a lot of time grooming them.

Tomorrow we are going to Robber’s Cave State Park located near the city of Wilburton, Oklahoma.


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