Mountes Games: Intro at 3 Socks Farm

March 8, 2020

Saturday we had a fun intro to games day at Anne Morrison’s lovely 3 Socks Farm in Mt Jackson, VA.

There were six riders new to games and I rode Simon. Anne’s indoor is awesome and long enough to set up 3 proper lanes at a time and has excellent footing!

Everyone did excellent and I was very impressed with all the ponies (including the horse sized ponies).

Thank you for donating some photos Melissa.

Trail Report: Massanutten Visitor Center – Wildflower Trail

March 6, 2020

Last Friday I managed to get out for a nice little ride through the woods.

I parked at the Massanutten Visitor Center and headed down the Wildflower trail to the closed picnic area, then followed Orange to Pink blaze and enjoyed a leisurely ride.

Last time I rode this way I had to turn back at some heavy downed trees completely blocking the way. That was probably a year ago and they were clear and there were no obstructions.

I got out to Turner Run in early February but did not record it here. It was a nice ride and I took the left hand old fire road back. It did require me to go off trail and slide down and climb up a rather steep bank to get around a down tree. Which I believe was there the last time I took this path. But was otherwise decent.

Last winter games practice 2020

February 24, 2020

Today was the last winter practice for this year and we had a perfect size turn out at five.

We forgot to get a group picture but we did try to snap one of all of the ponies chillin around the ring while we did an equipment reset.

Warm Winter Weather

December 27, 2019

We have been enjoying unseasonably warm weather for the past week. I’ve also managed to get in to and out of work early, with two holiday days off, there fore I have managed a hand full of farm hacks and generally enjoying my ponies in the daylight.

I snapped off these two quick photos of Simon the other day. He makes me smile.

I also caught this quick video of him getting a little roll in just before I got the photos.

Trail Report: Edinburg Gap 12/22/19

December 25, 2019

Jenny and I met back up at Edinburg Gap. Our significant others brought their dirt bikes and took a tour of the area while we rode out.

We parked at the East if the two parking lots, this is the one with the big loop and the toilet. We decided to check out the chaotic looming area of mush mashed trails to the right on the map (all the 553 trails).

We had limited time for this ride because of a pending afternoon appointment so we could not run over. We also met up with the guys a little ways into the ride and spent a bit of time chatting, which killed some more of our time.

Like last time we rode out on 493 at the bottom of the parking lot, crossed the creek, and this time we made a left onto 494. This trail co ti yes to be pretty dang rocky and ride along the woods parallel to the road and meets up with the trails at the other parking area, the 553 trails.

Although it’s rocky getting over there, with lots of nice big icy puddles to navigate, once to the other side the trails are nice and smooth and pretty wide. Some areas were plenty wide for four wheelers to pass each other. We zipped around here for a bit, mostly checking the area out.

E headed back a tiny bit early, not wanting to risk being late. The trail 494 connecting the shirt part of 493 that connects the two parking areas took us about 15-20 minutes to navigate on the horses.

There were some bridges to cross. But no big climbs or big hills.

Another lovely ride.

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