No pictures today-I am wasted.
My stomach was off kilter and I probably shouldn't have gone riding-but I did.
Falcon was well behaved-let me mount and stood still.
10 a.m. and it was smoking hot in my book- maybe around 80.
The woods were nice and cool though-no snakes either.
We sauntered along and made it almost to Sterling Pointe...WHEN...
I saw a large head with beady eyes looking at me. It was a TURKEY basking right in the middle of the trail. She didn't move either.
I could only see her head because of the tall grass and also a bend in the trail.
Falcon planted his feet and in a split second that TURKEY FLEW up and out and Falcon air-planed sideways, dipping down low to the left while spinning to the right at the same time. I went off so quick-and was thankful that I landed in tall grass-no rocks or snakes-but did bump my bottom lip in the dirt -somehow.
Falcon stopped then took off up the hill-gone-gone-gone! Oh great-he had all of my water.
Luckily I had my phone in a Cashel Anklet and I whipped it out and called Mike who had been at the farm when I left.
I was fine-but was worried that Falcon would dash for home -through the woods would be fine-but I was terrified that he would make it to Lomida and run in front of a car to get home.
I started walking-ugh it was hot-passed two ladies riding and gave them my phone number in case they saw Falcon.
Walk, Walk Walk, made it to Sewer road-Mike called-relief-he had Falcon. Falcon had been madly dashing up the trail when he saw Mike. The GPS said he had been going 10-14mph average.
We walked the rest of the way home. I would have ridden, but Mike said no, not sure why...but was too tired and hot to ask.
Later I got Nevel out to work and he was Mr. Hop Along Cassidy at the canter to the right-Great, now he is LAME! WHY? no heat, swelling or cuts. But then T told me she saw him up to his shoulders in the pond yesterday so maybe he pulled a ligament or made his shoulder sore clambering out of the muck.
Maybe I will try Falcon out again tomorrow. He needs to practice going through the gates to "Barking Dog" trail anyway-but maybe someone will be around to ride with.