On the way out to the barn, I realized I forgot to pack my pillow, but with all the extra clothes and blankets I had, I figured I could work something out, and I felt pretty good that it was the only thing that I forgot.
At the barn, there was some initial confusion about whether Nimo had breakfast, so he ended up eating twice. It wasn't that big of a deal, because he only gets 1 1/2 pounds of food and he would be working pretty hard the next day, plus he had a long trailer ride in front of him. And then I had to hose off his crazy muddy legs and hooves. So I ended up getting on the road about 15 minutes later than I planned, but all-in-all not too bad of a start.
The main reason the timing mattered was because I was picking up a passenger on the way to the ride. It so happens that where Saiph's horse, Lily, lives is sort of on the way to the ride location for me and because Saiph doesn't have a trailer yet, we worked it out so that I could pick up Lily. I was interested to see how things went in the trailer because the middle divider in my trailer is pretty anemic - it is just two horizontal bars across the middle with butt bars at the back. There is no divider at all for the head area. It normally doesn't matter because I never use it when I'm hauling Nimo by himself and in fact, I've never hauled another horse in my current trailer. Luckily Lily and Nimo have met before and both of them are pretty laid back horses, so I crossed my fingers when Saiph loaded Lily. And everything was fine. The horses seemed content to hang out with each other, so we got on the road for what was the second half of the trip for Nimo and I.
|Lily and Nimo on the trailer (photo by Saiph)|
Saiph rode with me while Charles followed in their truck behind us. It was great to have another person to talk to on the 2 1/2 hour trip, and it was also wonderful to have a navigator. Neither Saiph nor I knew the area too well, but between the two of us and the directions the ride provided, we got to base camp without any trouble.
Saiph was planning to tie a line to a tree or trees for Lily and I had a pen made from cattle panels for Nimo, so we looked for a parking spot to accommodate both set-ups. We found a great one shortly after getting there, so we pulled in and got to work getting things set up and getting checked in.
|Our campsite from the side (photo by Saiph)|
|Our campsite from the back (photo by Saiph)|
|Charles and I grazing Lily and Nimo (photo by Saiph)|
|Vetting area with horse-eating ground poles|
|Just after vetting in (photo by Saiph)|
We rode about 30 minutes and then untacked the horses and got them settled back in. At about 6, we headed over to the ride meeting and dinner. The ride meeting was blissfully short and dinner was delicious with breadsticks, salad, lasagna, and peach cake.
|Getting dinner (photo by Saiph)|
|Dinner in a tent! (photo by Saiph)|
|Saiph and I chatting after dinner (photo by Charles)|
We headed to bed maybe a little after 10, after a final check on the horses, who were doing so well. They were calm and eating and drinking and it made me feel good to know Nimo would have a friend through the night.
|Lily and Nimo (photo by Saiph)|
|Nimo in the light of the camp lights (photo by Charles)|
(Note: To read Saiph's version of events, click here.)