We went to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Sunday to ride the trails, and ended up having a different day than what we had thought it would be. On the way to the park we ended up behind a really nice horse trailer -- once we followed this trailer for a few miles, we knew it was going to the Dunes also. Sure enough, we both pulled in to the parking lot at the same time. It was a woman who was by herself, and she had this very handsome paint horse. We got to talking and found that we have many similar interests, and don't live too far from each other. We will be getting together to go riding this summer, and are looking forward to having a new friend. Here is her photo -- Gigi and her paint horse (I am so upset with myself that I forgot the horse's name!!) -- isn't she pretty?
Then a family was having a picnic, and of course the children wanted to pet the horses. These two little ones had such a good time petting "the Girls" and we had a great conversation with their parents. Their older brother finally came over and pet the horses, too. I wish I had gotten his photo! He is blonde also, but older than these two.
After about an hour or so of socializing, we did finally get out on the trail. It was a great ride. I felt so comfortable in the saddle -- I love rides like that. I felt in synch with Divna -- John said he felt the same way on Zora. We did not ride the entire trail, because it was getting late. We never got slower than a lope......the trees were full, the flowers were blooming, and it was just great!