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Muckleratz

Susan took me along to The Muckleratz 2013 Competitive Trail Ride. Most of the characters and their horses I had met last year with the excitement generated of totally new experience. This year, in spite of Susan’s very best efforts, I just  couldn’t break out of the preoccupation with Ethel’s troubles and my own prospective surgery. The paint brushes and the camera hardly emerged from their respective bags. Susan puts so much into these outings for me that I hated to be a damp squib, but, one must expect one’s share of down days.

Fortunately, Susan, herself, had two enjoyable trail rides over the weekend. Playdoh didn’t win any prizes—he is too highly strung for his pulse to return to normal in the time prescribed by the competition rules after such exciting adventures! He was awarded a plastic pail cover for being the only gaited horse in the competition though!  The two  action pictures of him and Susan were taken by Allison, the competition photographer. They  are best viewed full-screen.

Attendance ribbon

Attendance ribbon

Susan and playdoh happily playing together even though he had given her a lovely black eye while she was lifting his foot to scrape it clean

Susan and playdoh happily playing together even though he had given her a lovely black eye while she was lifting his foot to scrape it clean

With the wind in his mane and his tail a-flying here he is cantering along the spectacular ridge above the valley--what more could a rider ask?

With the wind in his mane and his tail a-flying here he is cantering along the spectacular ridge above the valley–what more could a rider ask?

On one of my few sorties with the camera, I came upon these three ladies, miles from anywhere. Had they forgotten their horses, I wonder?

On one of my few sorties with the camera, I came upon these three ladies, miles from anywhere. Had they forgotten their horses, I wonder?

The campsite was not under-used!

The campsite was not under-used!

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