Trail Driving Adventures

I don’t know why, but this never got posted from last weekend…

I love being able to get out and do different things with the horses.  It builds experience, it’s nice to see different scenery and do different things, and it’s just fun sometimes.  Whether to a show or a trail drive, I’m happy to haul out somewhere if I can, admittedly though, of course, it’s not often.

Recently I was lucky enough to be able to haul out to a driving club function, the last one of the year, actually, for a trail drive.

It was a different experience for me personally as I am more used to driving on roads, mowed grass trails, and although there are hills that I go on frequently, this trail was a little different.  Of course, I went armed with my helmet camera!

It was on a forest preserve that has trails for riding horses, and I guess the driving horses are allowed to creep in there once in a while.  We drove down this loooooooong gravel road to a picnic area, and if you have any idea how my husband baby’s his orange truck, this trek alone into the deep woods was treacherous for us!  lol!!

Once we found our way to the picnic area, we could not get the truck with horse trailer up the steep incline to it.  Fortunately, there was a slightly less steep incline we were able to traverse.  The picnic area, which had only 1 lopsided table and a fire pit, had no water, no facilities of any kind at all in fact… to which my bladder did not agree 😉  Am I spoiled?

Anyway, we harnessed up eventually and were off into the woods.  My husband went off without me at first and Chewbacca and I caught up eventually.  We went past freshly planted fields (although why they were just planted in November is beyond me…??), and through narrow wooded passes, up hills and down hills.

We tried our best to “avoid” going down terribly steep hills, but since we had no one showing us where to go, and we didn’t know the way, we did end up traversing some pretty steep downgrades, a little more than we’re used to.  All went well, and the horses really handled it all like the pros they are.

Unfortunately for Chewbacca, he has me as a driver, and like an idiot, I ran him into a tree.  Down a hill.  Down a steep hill.

It was an experience!  lol!  But we handled it OK, I think, and once we got unstuck, we pressed on.  I believe my tale served as entertainment for the others after we regrouped at the picnic area.  While no one else, of course, had any troubles avoiding trees, I at least like to think that now Chewbacca and I have the experience of getting hung up on obstacle- and in my defense, it happens to the best of them.

Here’s the video.  Enjoy!


About kshai1715

I am a lifelong equestrian, photography enthusiast, sci-fi lover, and sci-fi convention & costuming geek that also loves movies and video games. I am a hard working 30 something woman that survived cancer and am looking forward to a long, healthy, self-empowered life. Welcome to my blog and I hope you enjoy reading about my horses (and the rest of my life) as much as I like writing about them.
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2 Responses to Trail Driving Adventures

  1. RiderWriter says:

    Wow, that bit with the tree was pretty exciting! I’m glad Chewie trusted you enough to get him unstuck. I would have been afraid to get out of the cart. I watched the more recent video, too, and all I have to say is that looks like SO MUCH FUN. I am just dying to try driving!

    • kshai1715 says:

      Lol! Thanks 🙂 Some times I think I love driving way more than Chewbacca! Heheee…

      I tried getting him to correct himself on the tree… I was trying to get him to back up and angle right, so we could then pull forward again, but the hill (doesn’t appear so in the video) was very steep and he really couldn’t back up, hence the sort of rearing he was doing. He was just trying to do what I was asking, but I guess couldn’t. I’m glad I have a light vehicle! If I had something heavier there would have been no way I could have gotten unstuck alone.

      Driving is a blast, and you should definitely try it some day. I’m so sad that I’m done for the year/winter, but I look forward to getting back to it in the spring… and hope for more trail and showing adventures next year!!

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