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Date:4/19/2014 4:03:19 AM
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HI, left a vote. So the beach ride was not as fun as I hoped it would be. The weather was beautiful, and it was high tide which put us in the soft sand! I should have known that when Toby didn't want to load that I was in for a long day. He has been to the beach before and we had a lot of fun. I don't know what was going on with him yesterday, but I was not having fun. First he wouldn't go on the trail, so I followed someone else, then she got out of my way, Toby bucked, then he refused to go. So I just followed the gal to the beach. He was fine on the trail once we got going. Then on the beach, we had been walking maybe 10 minutes, and hejust lays down and tries to roll. I bailed just in time! He didn't roll, probably because of the saddle. So then I grab him and go find a log so I can get back on. We walk down by the bay. Some of the gals go loping off. Toby seems not to care, until, they get to far away. So he trots, ok, cool, lopes, ok, cool, bucks 5 times, ok, not cool! I am able to get his head around. I say" hey Toby that was your idea to lope not mine, knock it off already"! We walk some more. We turn around to head back. Part of the groups takes a trail, the other stays down by the bay. I want to stay down by the bay, but TOby wanted to go on the trail, with Sue and Darcy from our barn. FIne. We walk a ways, then we stopped. Darcy was behind me, didn't notice that we stopped, rear ended us, TOby kicked out at her. We start to walk, Toby is now mad we are not leading, and throwing a fit. By now we have been out for 2 hrs. Toby isn't tired yet. He must be in better shape than I think he is! Anyway, the trail takes us up a very steep, steep hill. I am looking at it, and don't want to go up this hill. But I have too. We start going up, then Toby starts bucking up the rest of this hill, at least 10 bucks he fired off. I am almost out of the saddle when he stops, I am leaning to my left hanging on for dear life. I tell the ladies to please keep moving so I can get off of the hill. Now we are on a cliff. WE walk awhile and find a path down to the beach, yes it was steep, but he did just fine going down it. We keep walking until we find the path back to the trail. It was a 3 hr. ride. My knees, and back were killing me. I am sore this morning, not from riding, but from the bucking! That was the worst ride I have ever had on TOby. Not going out today, I am really tired from yesterday, so he is getting the day off, but I do plan to go out and ride tomorrow.
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