Old School Bill’s Man Bag Horseback Riding Adventure.

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Smith Lake Riding Stables
The Unplanned-Impromptu- Spur-of the-Moment-Spontaneous-Impulsive-Unscheduled Old School Bill’s Man Bag Horseback Riding Adventure.  It is Monday morning we are in Fayetteville North Carolina when I hear from the back room  “I WANT TO BE A COWBOY BABY” “Old School take me horseback riding PLEASE, I have never been & remember how you are always saying we should extend our horizons, try new things, please please.”  Well Man Bag has been behaving himself so I give in, so I find the phone # for Smith Lake Riding Stable- Building Q5340, Smith Lake Road Fort Bragg, NC 28307 910-396-4510
The Smith Lake Riding Stables has more than 200 acres of land and 10 miles of designated riding including wooded trails and water crossings, we stayed out of the water as it was a bit cool.
View from the Crow's Nest
  Some riders report often seeing deer, raccoons and other wildlife during their horseback ride, of course they did not have MotorMouth Man Bag with them.
After a short discussion we "OSB decided a short lession would be in order.  After being fitted to the saddle, there are no 6-way power saddles; we were shown the leather steering wheel.  First time either one of us has had a non-round steering wheel, o-well.
Still not sure if Jen was a 4 or 5 speed, it was very different using both inner thighs to clutch with &  both your heels to step on the gas, I just do what I’m told.  Reverse is hard to find at times, double clutching seem to do no good, nor does yelling; Back up you Fine Underpaid Carrier of Kowboys!!
After about an hour in the fenced in arena I had learned-
The saddle’s purpose is essentially to make the horse and rider comfortable by helping the rider maintain proper position by distributing the rider's weight evenly across the horse's back.
Ha You Get Off A My Cloud
I am not sure about Jen, butt it was not working for me!!
  We slow walked, then walked a little faster.  We turned right turned left; turned right, did a fiqure 8, I never found the turn signals.   Then TBBT (The Butt Bouncing Trot) - toes up, heels down, stop trying to look cool hold on to the Horn you Fool!!  Press in with you thighs, push down on the brakes &  clutch all at the same time!!  There is a lot to remember, & I’m not sure but Jen may have known this was my 1st Rodeo.  No one got hurt in the arena, do we stop while we are ahead or go on a trail ride.  To the trail we go as soon as they get OSB a different horse.
Thats Bob Bob the Horse in the center
  Seems Jen being a good Union horse, trails are not in her job classis faction, & it was time for her break!  I am thinking great horses of yesteryear Trigger, Sliver, Scout.   My new horse is named Bob, Bob the HORSE; he was nice enough so I did not let my disappointment show.  We went out on the trail for almost 1 hour.  It was very enjoyable, the sights the sounds, the SMELLS.  45 minutes in to the ride I lost my  aspirations to go West Young Man & live on a ranch.  I need an air ride saddle.  We have now been horseback riding, we will go again, it might not be for a while.  Man Bag had a good time, did not get hurt, so it was another GREAT DAY IN the LIFE Old School Bill & Man Bag!
 
boondoxlady says:
Another fabulous adventure! Glad you and Man Bag decided to broaden your horizons, even if it did come at a price to your rear ends. Remember like any skill worth having riding takes practice - so I encourage you to go again. That lip raising face is apparently a common horsey endearment as mine does it all the time, too bad I've only caught it on file a couple times. :)
Posted on: Mar 26, 2008
sylviandavid says:
Love this blog.... thanks........ Sylvia
Posted on: Mar 19, 2008
sincitytraveler says:
LOL you can really see Man Bag's excitement in the first pic! You're a great guy for doing it Bill...I'm sure it's worth the soreness! ;)
Posted on: Mar 17, 2008
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Smith Lake Riding Stables
Smith Lake Riding Stables
View from the Crows Nest
View from the Crow's Nest
Ha You Get Off A My Cloud
Ha You Get Off A My Cloud
Thats Bob Bob the Horse in the cen…
Thats Bob Bob the Horse in the ce…
Dont move they are still looking …
Don't move they are still looking…
Dude Dude got a Light?
Dude Dude got a Light?
I Want to be A CowBoy, ok Ill get…
I Want to be A CowBoy, ok I'll ge…
The Staff
The Staff
They made me read this 3(three) ti…
They made me read this 3(three) t…
White Horse Down
White Horse Down
The Stern
The Stern
The Bow
The Bow
Like Youll Never See Me Again
"Like You'll Never See Me Again"
South end of North bound Pony
South end of North bound Pony
Old School her tounge is RUFF, Wha…
Old School her tounge is RUFF, Wh…
Hi, I am Bobs Uncle George
Hi, I am Bob's Uncle George
Bobs ears
Bob's ears
Man Bag they are doing fine withou…
Man Bag they are doing fine witho…
The after OSB & MB Trail riders
The after OSB & MB Trail riders
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