The weather is absolutely amazing in New Jersey right now, the kind of warm sunny springtime weather that makes you
want to call out sick happy to be alive.
On Saturday, Ethan and I took the boys and our dog Taz to Baldpate Mountain in Hopewell Township, which Dom had recommended last time we saw her, but we had yet to see for ourselves.
The first little loop that we did is the Copper Hill Trail (in orange on this map, starting from the horse trailer parking area). It wasn't really an ideal horse trail and had a fairly steep hill that probably hit the limit of Tucker's mountain goat-like abilities (he grunted and huffed and puffed his way up, but was surprisingly sure-footed about it) but it was a short enough trail that it wasn't a big deal. And probably good exercise for a certain under-utilized hind end!
Next we followed the Ridge Trail, and it was perfect for horses: nice and wide, good footing throughout, and beautiful scenery. We didn't have time to do the whole thing because we had a party that afternoon, but it was a great ride nonetheless. I would definitely go back and try to see the whole trail.
The horses (and Taz, of course) were absolutely perfect. Tucker did not spook at anything and spent pretty much the whole time on the buckle, other than a little bit of impatient dancing when we first got on and Ethan had to look at the trail map. Mooch was perfect, happy to calmly walk the whole trail despite being a very fit Paso. I love that we have two very different, but equally fancy in their own right, show horses who are also happy to serve as reliable trail horses on their off weekends. Not too many people can do that.
|Love you little bro|
|Just going to munch on this bush while mom is distracted...|
Such a perfect day. The boys were definitely the best they've ever been, so I'm guessing they enjoyed it as much as we did. Can every day be like this?
|My three favorite boys|
|My most favoritest bestest cutest caboose dog|
|The prettiest Paso I know|