I’ve mentioned the Salt River before, and the numerous trails around it. It’s becoming one of my favorite places to ride, not only for the abundance of different trail options, but also for the fact that the river is so accessible. In the summer, it actually makes riding in the heat feasible, even bordering on pleasant. (If you’re a heat-conditioned desert rat who thinks anything below 70* is cold.)
I got to take Khan out yesterday on the Stewart Mountain loop. Decently early start, lots of water, semi-cloud cover, breezes on the ridgeline, and artificial breezes from trotting and cantering the washes made for a pleasant ride.
Wading in the river with the horses when we were almost finished made for a great cool-down, and the chance to just have some fun and enjoyment.
|looking down at the Salt River|
|such a good, fun boy to ride|
|on the ridgeline, looking out to Saguaro Lake|
This was my first time really going into water with a horse. Mimi and I have done stream crossings, and she’s gone maybe mid-cannon-deep into the river when I’ve taken her there, but she’s never been what I would consider fond of water.