Back in the Saddle Again

Last weekend I went horseback riding, and it felt like it had been forever since I was on a horse. A month or so after we got to Mongolia, I joined a riding club. Nearly every week I went horseback riding at a gorgeous place about an hour from UB, but come the middle of December everyone was gone for the holidays,  then we were gone for vacation, and then I started working. It’s been months since I had been riding.

I finally got back out there yesterday, and it was perfect out. The weather here is in the 50s (F), it’s sunny, the smoke and pollution are beginning to thin, and the spring winds haven’t really started. Just perfect weather.

It felt so good to be back on a horse in the steppe. There is just something amazing about getting to the top of a hill and riding the ridge line and taking in the miles and miles of scenery. In the distance we could see some mountains that still had snow, the hills were dotted with herds of sheep and goats.

I don’t have pictures from yesterday, but here are pics from riding last year, many of these were taken when it was already getting cold outside, and most are taken by other people on the ride. I’m usually the one in the large, puffy, light blue coat that makes me look like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. The horses here are very short too (pony sized), so I look like a giant. Fortunately yesterday I only needed a much lighter jacket.

You can see how the area where we ride looks in the summer…

The horse I rode every week was Ginger -- he's the one on the right.
The horse I rode every week was Ginger — he’s the one on the right.

 

… and in the fall and winter.

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A view from the horse.
A view from the horse.
Chaps baby.
Chaps baby.

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Ginger and me.
Ginger and me.
The gers in the summertime.
The gers in the summertime. After riding we would relax for a bit in the ger and enjoy a leisurely lunch.
The winter shelter.
There’s a shelter used mostly in the winter.

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Crossing the river in the fall and in winter. Putting manure on the ice makes it less slippery.
Crossing the river in the fall and in winter. Putting manure on the ice makes it less slippery.
I'm riding in my Mongolian deel, see the person in the pretty blue in the background? That's me!
I’m riding in my Mongolian deel, see the person in the background wearing a really nice color of blue? That’s me!
A herd of horses we rode by. Sometimes Ginger says high to the horses we pass.
A herd of horses we rode by. Sometimes Ginger says high to the horses we pass.

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