road hacking

Mud Season Hack

Starting off my April goals with a long hack last night. It was high 30s, not windy, and sunny. Snow was melting, Tristan was fresh, and the sun was out! I jumped on bareback with his XC bridle.

I have to get a better picture of the house up on the left, because I covet it.

One of the barn owners’ husbands repairs boats. In the winter the tarps flap
all around and provide an excellent desensitization tool!


This was supposed to be a photograph of the culvert & ditch fast
with runoff, but it turned into a neat optical illusion of Tristan the Dala horse.

In conclusion:
That max speed 8.9mph would be the moment when we tried to go up onto some back roads. I saw tons of sap buckets on trees and thought they would make a good picture, so I pushed him forward though the snow was still quite deep. He was less than thrilled.
Then we rounded the corner and the farmer and his family had a massive tractor they were using to collect the sap, and Tristan decided he was DONE. We had a little whirling stomping dancing fit, and then I turned him back at the tractor (which the farmer had helpfully turned off) and he realized it was going to be ok after all.
The farmer’s two young daughters (maybe around 10 years old) were helping collect sap and it made their day to meet Tristan.
That said, we still turned back off those roads to head elsewhere, because there were some late season snowmombilers going to town in the fields and Tris was not thrilled.

6 thoughts on “Mud Season Hack

  1. Gorgeous! Love that photo of Tristan the Dala horse. 😉 And the sap…one day I will visit Vermont during maple sugar season…it's on my bucket list!


  2. Come visit us! There are 3 sugarhouses within riding distance of the barn, and a couple of really big ones that do sugar on snow a short bike ride from my apartment. 🙂


  3. Endomondo, the free version. I've been quite pleased with it so far, actually. I like that it has lots of different activities included, so I could theoretically use it while biking or hiking as well.


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