Riding in Istria – Day 2

Each day started with something I’m very unfamiliar with, which is tempting your horse to come over, stand still and have a head collar put on it. They were surprisingly willing despite just how cack-handed I was about the whole thing. Who knew there were so many ways a few strips of fabric could be wrapped around a horse’s head?

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But as the ride started, it was time to continue with Horses In The Distance. Today’s ride was starting flat and then with some steep descents.

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This was near the top of the hills and somewhere on the west side of a big loch on the south side of Istria.

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The loch had a boat in it. From a distance it looked like a car ferry, but it wasn’t. It just sort of sat there being scenic.

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Ann and Patrick’s horses showing us their rear ends.

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Ann’s horse being slight more photogenic.

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And one more before it found some interesting grass.

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Me on Apache looking like we’re prancing about or something. He was remarkably sensitive to a bit of reign communication, though, and one of the few (only?) trail horses I’ve ever ridden that I could imagine taking into a dressage arena.

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“How about a photo of both of you?” Valerie suggested. She didn’t say how far apart.

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A touch of leg yielding later and I was closing the gap…

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…and a bit more…

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…and finally I’ve sidled up. Apache looks a little confused.

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We had dismounted to descend to water (which was virtually sea) level and then walked around the edge of the loch.

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Then it turned out the path meant we had to go through the water.

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Which some of the horses liked, but some of them didn’t appreciate not being able to see their feet.

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Which is of course why Apache felt it better to leave a safe distance to those in front.

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This isn’t another installment of Horses In The Distance – it’s just the view where we stopped for lunch. It was a little cool in the shade but the sun was quite warm.

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Back on the horses, and back to the back for me.

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And finally Apache senses the end of the day is coming.

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And Ann’s horse celebrated with a bit of a snooze.

As did we all much later, although we stayed the night in a different location. I can’t remember the name of the place, but we probably had the best meal of our week there, and it was followed by a lot of local grappa-esque liqueurs made from nuts or honey or wheat type things or anything basically.

Next: Day 3

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