Posted by: millspaw | April 30, 2015

A Grand Adventure to the Grand Canyon: Day 22 and 23

April 24, 2015

Maple Springs Group Horse Campground

Mammoth Caves, KY

We left at 6:30 from Devil’s Den Horse Camp and 13 hours later arrived. There is only one other camper here. We put up the tie line, fed the horses and it was already dark. Exhausted and goodnight.

April 25, 2015

Maple Springs Group Horse Campground

Mammoth Caves, KY

The time zone changed again, so it looks like we slept in! When we went out to check the trailhead sign, which was about 30 yards from the camper, we found that it was a Mandatory Horse Tie Area sign. Whoops! We had put up our highline and the horses stomped up the ground overnight. We are hoping that the Park Rangers will understand that it was late when we arrived and we didn’t know any better. And we moved them as soon as we found out.

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This seems like a luxury campground to us because there is actually water and electric. We are the only ones in the camp, since the other horse people left this morning. When they found out that we needed to buy more hay, they gave us a few bales of theirs. Horse people are just so nice!


We took a late morning ride expecting those thunderstorms predicted, but they never came. We rode Sol Trail for 8 miles total. The beautiful, easy trail took us around some very pretty woodland views. There were no rocks or roots to speak of and we gaited a good part of the time.

I practiced making Oreo stop and wait while Stoney gaited out of sight. She is not very good and paws and protests. I would not let her go on until she had all “four on the floor” for 15 seconds. Dan did the same with Stoney. We are not sue if they have ever been ridden apart from other horses and this technique, though sometimes a fight, will teach them to wait. We also practiced backing. I am hoping to teach Oreo a quick stop and backing after saying whoa will help her with this skill.

After our nap, I took Oreo out for a solo ride. This was only the second time that I had been on her without company. She was a perfect lady and never protested, looked back or whinnied. We went another 6 miles in short time. I followed the Maple Springs trail to the Raymer Hollow Trail stream and back. Her stop and back was perfect without the distraction of another horse.

Her reward for such a good job was a nice cool bath. She loves her baths and cleans up nice!

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