I'm hoping at some point Henry and I can participate (the next one is in the spring). I will definitely be organizing a trailer if I haven't bought one by then - this trail challenge looked like so much fun!
I was in charge of parking.
Respect the vest.
It was chilly out but the view wasn't bad.
Some of the obstacles were really crazy. I took a pictures of a few that I want to practice this winter (poor Henry).
You had to walk on a pallet covered with a tarp, in between two giant stuffed dogs (with a nearby row of scarecrows). Horses were so not cool with this.
It's hard to tell from the photo but there was orange and red tinsel on top of the barrels and also dangling along the fence in a few places!
Bridge with scarecrows hanging on the side and a tarp underneath (with a line of scarecrows randomly in the arena)!
Henry could do this for sure, just a boring plank to stand on.
This was the most weird obstacle to me. You had to pick up a garbage bag of metal coffee cans and throw it into another barrel. I am not sure what Henry would think of that!
Cowboy curtain! Shredded tarp with dangling pool noodles.
Backing up through a course of poles (the poles weren't all set up at this point).
You had to get your horse to kick the ball through the "goal"!
There was another element that involved crossing a metal bridge, crossing the creek, jumping a tiny log, going through a very dense section of bush. I don't have any photos of that section because it was a bit tight in there, so I didn't walk through it.
But I do have these photos of Henry being an BAMF on the bridge and creek from last spring!
Henry the water horse
This bridge is super scary. It's metal (very loud) and the horses can see through to the bottom. One lady's horse spooked so hard they almost fell off the bridge (another horse ran through the creek underneath her when she was crossing). Pretty scary. Henry was a not a huge fan of this bridge but went across it after RK showed him it was safe.
Everyone was super nice at the trail challenge. I'm excited to come back with Henry in the spring! I overheard someone making a crack about how a warmblood would have a heart attack just looking in the arena (said in good fun)... I so wanted to steal their horse trailer and go pick up my warmblood - who would undoubtedly kick their ass. But I restrained. :P
The wilderness warmblood is coming for you in the spring trail people!
Friendly reminder to get your "between the ears" pics in for my upcoming giveaway! See here for details!
Henry had lesson #2 with coach ST on the weekend, details to follow :)