Augustus and I have our game faces on in preparation for the Sandy Valley CTC on October 23rd, 2010. This ride is an ACTHA (American Competitive Trail Horse Association)event and our neighbor, Sandy Valley Ranch, is our local host. SVR hosted an ACTHA ride back in June 2010 for the "Ride for the Rescues" and the World Record Attempt for the Largest Competitive Trail Ride. I participated in this event with my other horse, Sawyer, and it was such an awesome experience...plus, we broke the record. I adopted Sawyer from Shiloh Horse Rescue, so it was only fitting that I rode a rescue horse for the "Ride for the Rescues". Anyway, SVR is hosting this ride, so there is no excuse not to have a great time and participate since they are literally right across the street. Ahhh...no trailer hassles. Just saddle up and ride over.
Today was the first day of preparation. Gus and I spent a few hours in the saddle and focused on our riding basics...which means not bucking when he gets excited, haha. We have some obstacles set up on the back 40 of the property, so we spent some time back there and did pretty good. We will be putting in lots of saddle time each day we are together between now and Oct 23rd, focusing on some obstacles to build up his confidence. Being out on trail for a few hours is not my concern with Gus, he is an awesome trail horse with tons of stamina, and loves exploring. Our area of concern is just doing something different, challenging, and keeping his focus and patience going for the hours needed to complete the course...and going in reverse :)