Writing from the McDonald’s in Parker, AZ, I find it hard to know how to give a brief recap of the past two weeks! We had to leave Finehorn behind for a week and a half due to a small screw that got into her hoof – she received excellent care from S&R and returned to us two nights ago just before we crossed over into Arizona. It’s good to have her back and she looks great! Crossing the Mojave Desert on horseback was INTENSE!!! The wind and the sun and the hard footing and the 20 mile days balanced out the glorious sunsets and vivid stars and the best nights of camping we’ve had yet. Even following the Colorado River Aquaduct for a good portion of the way, we couldn’t have done it without vehicular support – there was Nothing growing that the horses considered to be food. We are so grateful to the Fox for helping us in that regard.
We crossed over into Arizona yesterday morning – following the Colorado River south – and camped last night in a dry lot with thorn trees and the remnants of bee hives. This morning we awoke to find that Cowgirl’s front right hoof was too sore to handle the 15 mile day we had planned – so the ponies are having a well-deserved day of rest while I try and sort a ride for Cowgirl (and maybe Daisy) to a rest stop in Quartzsite or Buckeye or Phoenix. (If you can help with this Please be in touch!) As soon as that’s sorted Gryph and I will ride Jesse and Finehorn on to Quartzsite (2 more days of riding) – and then head on to Tonopah. (With help from K who has volunteered to come from Sebastopol with his truck to help us with water and hay through that stretch.)
We stayed a night at the White Rock Horse Rescue – and are so glad to know that such a place exists – doing Great work with horses (and humans!) – educating and healing and matching up creatures that suit one another. So exciting to see kids learning to ride bareback and to hear just a few of the inspiring stories that transpire there regularly. While we were there a reporter came out from the Hi Desert Star and did an interview – and then she came out again when we met a vet by the side of the road to get health certificates so that we could cross over into Arizona. Nobody has asked us for those papers – but better safe than sorry – and it’s good to know that the ponies are in good shape.
We hope to be back on line soon with photos and stories and news…