by Jennifer Leipold Alexander
Ft Howes, MT many years ago...
Hauled horse from virgina to ride 50. At briefing was asked to sponsor 2 sister juniors who had more mileage than I, so sure!
One pony tied up about 10 miles out so we 3 waited for trailer & vet but sure was not 10 by road for them... + an hour. Eventually I (badgered) group of adults to let other sister go with them as was not far to check, in camp & then mom could sort out next step.
Eventually i rode to camp with a very rested horse. Left with a friend & made the mistake of letting horse keep up with her, well for awhile.
In 2nd check older sister's new sponsor got pulled & no-one would take her so she waited for us off we went. Few miles later my horse got a belly ache (well he had tried to tell me not to go so fast earlier) so i grabbed another adult for the jr & off they went.
I got fussed at on arrival as crew was having trouble with my gut story. Someone (crew) was sure i'd pull & so workers had been told not to wait for me & they went out to close gates on the last 5 miles. Well, i did not drive all those miles to pull & vet said horse was fine.
We got a lovely Dead Ass Last painted rock & a good sport jacket. Pony recovered. Crew apologized. I still feel like i should have handed out parts of that jacket (sleeves maybe?) to the other adult who helped the sisters.
I recommend Ft Howes as a well managed & friendly ride with great trail & worker-bees. Hope I can get back there! And take a jr riding with you !
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