Morning water

morning-water.jpgDay One of the Chief Joseph Trail Ride was a 23-mile test of early enthusiasm. Although most of the ride that day was classified as “level,” the fact remains that it was the longest leg of the week’s journey. In this photo, youth members attached to the Chief Joseph Foundation provide every opportunity for their mounts to take on a full supply of fresh water before heading out.

As you can tell, it was a chilly morning and the sunshine came slowly over the mountains. The transition from restful sleep to full-scale preparations for the day is fascinating to watch and hear. The sounds and the motion start slowly and sporadically, then continue to build until everyone is in the saddle and pointed up the trail. Then horses and riders both are visibly energized and somewhat noisy with anticipation. Real Horse Fun.

Categories: Trail/Distance

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