Thursday, April 7, 2022

First Update on Tumbleweed & Wildflowers Popping Up

I received my first update on Tumbleweed on Tuesday. His first day of training was Monday, and there was a major windstorm in the area with gusts of up to 60 mph. My trainer's philosophy is they've "got to be good on bad days, too." And so, she never takes a day off for bad weather. She said he had some buck in him Monday (she worked him on the ground that day) and Tuesday she was back in the saddle with him, and he was doing great. (It was his first ride since last fall, so extra bonus points that he remembered his lessons.)

I am so happy he was ready to go on his saddle training because my hope is that he is working well off the rein at the end of his two months. She was starting that work at the end of his last training, and I was following up on it with lessons from my trainer up here, so I think he will be a long way toward it when I get him back.

In the meantime, I continue to put Epona and Cowgirl out with Foxy and Cowboy, and they've become a happy little herd.

I've also been getting some hikes in, and had to buy a new pair of hiking boots at REI, as mine were finally giving out. I went, again, with the Keen Targhee III, with added inserts for better arch support. I'm on a waiting list, however, for the OBOZ Sawtooth II. They're sold out, and I needed new boots now, not later. I love the Keens, but have heard so much good about the OBOZ that I really want to add a pair to my hiking closet when they're available again.

Here are some of my favorite photos from a recent hike:

The wildflowers are starting to pop. 

Prairie star, or Hillside Woodland Star

Arrowleaf Balsamroot about to open.

Lupine getting its start.

Serviceberry blossom about to open.

Moose scat.

Video of a Canada goose we inconvenienced on the trail.

And rafters navigating the rapids on the Spokane River.


  1. I think Tumbleweed is going to be a star pupil and will be a great ride when he gets home.

    Everybody has their favorite hiking boots, mine are the Lowa. My daughter used the same brand when she hiked Hadrians Wall and loved them. Looks like you had a great hike. Just beautiful scenery.

    1. I haven’t heard of Lowa. I’ll look them up. I tried on every brand at REI, and walked around the store, jogged, jumped, climbed up on stairs. I looked like a crazy lady. They even let me take out the insoles and replace them with an orthotic arch support (which I bought). I have gone on two long walks with them (3 miles) but haven’t tried them out on the trails yet.

  2. Wow those hiking photos look beautiful! Glad to hear Tumbleweed is doing well.i admire the trainers attitude - I'm that horsewoman hiding in her cozy house when the weather is intense.

    1. Haha. I think we all are fair weather riders! I’ve signed up for rides before, though, and had to endure bad weather because it’s so unpredictable.

  3. Tweed is off to a great start! Good on your trainer. No one wants a horse you can only ride on Monday at 5pm when the wind dies down and the sun is shining. Especially a trail horse. You never know what you might encounter on the trail. Which makes me wonder why people think "oh, it's just a trail horse". They are challenged with an endless variety as opposed to a show horses generally controlled environment. Both should be valued, respectively.

    Thanks for sharing the breath of fresh air and all the wonder you found along your hike! Looks amazing!! Especially as I look out the window at our scattered flurries. It is SO nice to see wildflowers.

    Your trails sure are rocky. Do you think Tumbleweed will need to wear shoes/boots?

    Looking forward to more updates!

    1. Yes, Tweed has four shoes on right now and will have to have them for the trails I take him to. I have friends who ride with boots, but it seems like they’re always losing them. Most everyone has shoes put on before riding season. If I’m only doing light riding on one, I’ll keep them off and then see how they do first. If they need them, I’ll call the farrier.

      I agree about “trail horses.” They need to know everything a show horse does because all those show movements are required at some time or another navigating gates, obstacles, and trails. I have had many friends with horses at shoe barns who do not ride trails. I’m not sure why.

    2. Show barns. Not shoe barns.

  4. What a lovely day for a hike! Nice to see the river before the major runoff muddies the water. Those rafters are braver than I am! Definitely not something on my bucket list.
    Your trainer has a good attitude :o)
    Looking forward to all the Tweed updates.

    1. She posted a video of him tied yesterday with the phrase, “impatience.” He was moving all around and chewing on the rope. Haha. Tweed! That is the biggest part of what she does. They have to learn to stand tied for many hours and until they get to where they are super calm. Every spring is like starting again though. Lots of energy and impatience.

      Not on my bucket list either. That water is probably cold!!


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