Ridin’ the Range Once More!

Well I am back in the saddle again after two months off. The CV19 restrictions have been slightly eased in Ontario and we are allowed to ride our horses again. But we have very clear restrictions: only 5 people may be in the barn at one time,no riding in closed indoor arenas, sanitizing regimes must be maintained. At Oakcrest Farm coach and owner Belinda Trussell had already been planning with the Oakcrest staff how to implement these restrictions. So… we all have a set time to be at the barn. We each have two hours to groom, tack up , and ride. There is one grooming stall and one bathroom assigned for the boarders both have ample alcohol spray to sanitize. Today was my first day!

I don’t think Biasini was particularly pleased to see me as I arrived just after the lunch time hay was served and he gave me a “you can’t be serious” look when I said he had to leave it and come with me. I explained we had a schedule and it was now or never! I had brought my portable saddle rack with me and put that outside his stall so I can do everything with him in his stall and I do not need to use the grooming stall.

It was a rainy day but I had brought a waterproof quarter sheet for Biasini and I have a riding raincoat for myself. I mounted up and off we went to the forest. As we walked up the hill I could feel myself relax. I was back with Biasini. I think he felt that too and both of us enjoyed the ride. Here is a video of us on the trail. I tried to video the white Trillium flowers blooming at the side of the trail but it is hard to see them.

So I’m just like Gene Autry…back in the saddle again.

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  1. Just like Gene Autry…keep on singing in the saddle. Happy riding with your partner and making music together on the trail.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you!šŸ¤ šŸ“

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  2. Vicky Earle says:

    How wonderful! We will appreciate everything so much more!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      This is so true. Many things we took for granted will now be much appreciated

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  3. Robyn says:

    That is wonderful, Anne! I am so happy for you!

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  4. Very happy to see this. The value of this beautiful place and this ride increased double times than before now I feel. We can enjoy every inch of it.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Subbashini. It is a real joy to be able to ride again.šŸ˜ƒšŸ“

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  5. So lovely to see you and Biasini together out on the trails again Anne, please give him a big pat from us all xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I will do that Xenia. Thank you.

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  6. Good to hear that you felt at ease riding Biasini so quickly after this long break! I am glad they worked something out so you and the others are able to be with their furry companions again.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes we are all grateful to be back with our horse therapists! Today I did a bit more with him and I was pleased to find I still remembered everything about how to ride.

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  7. Avery says:

    Finally! Makes me happy for you! How lovely to have your first ride back just like this. In the magical forest and light rain. I got caught riding in the rain at one point in the last couple of months. We stopped and rested under a big Pecan tree to wait it out when it got heavier. ā¤

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Well I was determined rain would not put us off so I bought that quarter sheet on the weekend. I already had riding rain coat that goes over the saddle at the back and has an unzip feature at the front so you can bring the coat over your knees as well. We dont gave any pecan trees here so we have to be prepared.šŸ˜…

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      1. Avery says:

        I love it. I actually quite like riding in the rain. Well, a light rain at least šŸ™‚

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  8. Wonderful! After two months, a well deserved ride for both of you šŸ“šŸ˜‰šŸ’–

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks for commenting and yes it is nice to be back riding!šŸ˜Š

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  9. Alex says:

    Wow, it must have felt amazing to get back on board! I know I can’t wait!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it is a joy to be back riding.

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  10. Great news!! And Iā€™m sure he was happy to see you! ā˜€ļøā˜€ļøā˜€ļøšŸ˜€

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I interrupted his lunch time hay so he was not all that pleased to see me but he got over it. šŸ¤£

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      1. Haha… food first, mates later šŸ™‚

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        1. anne leueen says:

          All part of the reason horses have survived the millennia. They have their priorities firmly set!

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          1. šŸ˜‚šŸ‘šŸ‘

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  11. Fantastic, Anne šŸ‘ So great to see Biasini’s ears again šŸ˜ƒ

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes his ears tell me a lot. It indicates what he is listening to and interested in. Sometimes they are in neutral and that means he is focusing on what I am asking him to do. But out on the trails his ears are taking in all the sounds of the forest.

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  12. Oh, yay! Happy to see you two together again. šŸ˜Š

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  13. sandyjwhite says:

    So glad you two are together at last!

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  14. kunstkitchen says:

    This brought back a memory of seeing Gene Autry. Champion was the name of his first horse. I looked that up!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I remember when I was a young kid he was on TV and I used to love watching the westerns.

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      1. kunstkitchen says:

        I saw him in person. He road in on Champion and reared up for the audience. What a memory. How was your ride today?

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        1. anne leueen says:

          It was good.It took me about a minute to settle and then I could really feel Biasini and I were back together.

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          1. kunstkitchen says:

            That must feel very fine to be together again.

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          2. anne leueen says:

            Yes it does. After two months I was happy to find that I still know what to do!šŸ¤£

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          3. kunstkitchen says:

            I’m sure Biasini will keep you in line. LOL

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          4. anne leueen says:

            šŸ¤£šŸ¤£šŸ¤£ Yes he will!

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  15. cagedunn says:

    Words can’t express how wonderful it feels …

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It is wonderful. Thanks Cage!

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  16. dprastka says:

    What a lovely day!! And beautiful trail ride! YAY! I’m so happy you and Biasini are able to be together again. Melts my heart and I know soothes your soul! I felt like I was riding along with you in your video! ā¤ļøšŸ“

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I wish you could join us Diana. šŸ“šŸ˜ƒ

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