Saturday, August 30, 2008
Easy Ride: The View and Canter Corridor
I've really learned a lot from the comments about my trail anxieties and whether they are rational or just hoodooing myself. This morning I decided that, due to short time and freshman welcome workshops I had to plan and conduct, I would take two reliable trail points as my fun destinations: The View (photo above) and Canter Corridor.
The View is the gorgeous Big Lake and today you could see Wisconsin clearly all the way over. The houses below look like Monopoly tokens and the whole world just breathes differently from up there. Migrating birds are beginning to be on the move and I'll get a picture of a beautiful red-tailed hawk one of these days. Autumn will soon be here in the northern parts, and I LOVE that season.
Canter Corridor is my favorite place to do a pipe-opener free lolloping gallopy canter: gentle uphill, trees on both sides give the horse a very strong sense of go down this hall, and the footing is perfect: loamy firm grass. It is only about a 2-minute canter stretch but that's about nice for training.
And Johnnie books on this particular stretch because he gets to visit the Snack-a-teria at the end:
This is a patch of beautiful untouched green grass that lies in the shade at the end of Canter Corridor. Then we go gaiting back down the corridor and home again, for a nice 1 1/2 hour round trip. As good as it gets!!! Happy riding everyone! I packed up my fears in a basket and left them behind. We saw only cute tiny dogs including a 'Schnoodle', schnauzer/poodle, cute little dickens. No crabby old men - hurray!