Monday, December 16, 2013

Owyhee Chills No Frills

December 16 2013

Our last 50-mile endurance ride of the season was November 9th, but it's never too late to look back at it.

We rode the same trails, by the Snake River, around Wild Horse Butte, over the Oregon Trail… but it never gets old, and it looks different aboard different horses. And the golden autumn light made the trails spectacular as ever.

And, I rode 2 different horses on each loop. Normally that's against the rules in endurance riding, but this was special extenuating circumstances. Both horses were technically Sunny (John's beloved mare), but Loop 1 was Sunny Dink and loop 2 was Sunny Super Endurance Horse!

Long shadows over the blue Snake River

Sunny and I rode with Steph on Rhett, Amanda on Chant. They were also Dinks the first loop, and Super Endurance Horses the second loop!

Sunny, Super Endurance Horse (loop 2, obviously!) headed for Wild Horse Butte

This spot where we first turn along the Snake River is always stunning!

Our regular posing spot above the Snake. We always have time to stop for photos!

Sunny and me by the Russian Olives by the Snake.

Travelling the Oregon Trail

The Raven and Sunny, relaxing after their ride!

Read more on this 2-horse ride here:


  1. My favorite is the first photo, but they are all stunning, Merri! Really fine pictures! I love seeing you too. You look jockey sized in those photos!

  2. I was wondering how you managed to ride two different horses. You got me!

  3. Merri, cada día me asombras más, montas dos caballos en una misma prueba, ¿Teneis una reglamentación especial?, ó era una carrera entre amigos por esos bonitos paisajes de vuestras tierras americanas.
    Saludos de Gabriel.

    1. Gabriel, ella es la misma caballo... pero loop 1 ella es Loco Sunny, y loop 2 ella es Bueno Sunny!

    2. Ya, cambio su caracter de la ida a la vuelta. Es normal en los caballos que con la querencia cambien su forma de actuar. Yo te podia contar muchas anecdotas referente a las querencias en las carreras y siempre perdi yo. Un caballo me lo hizo en dos carreras distintas, una en un Sierra Morena y la otra vez en el Raid del Atlantico, lo lleve a remorque media carrera tirando de el y cuando dimos la vuelta, ya a querencia, me dejo bien atras.
      Saludos de Gabriel.

  4. Gorgeous country and great photos. Looks like a lot of fun.