|Red stares at the sheep we can see through the brush.|
|And the sheep stare back at us.|
Red is going to be needing some new hoof boots for next season. I noticed that he has worn a small hole in the toe of one of his hinds (Easy Boot Bare), and the other is getting quite thin at the toe. I wish I'd started keeping track of the miles I put on these boots, but that is one detail I haven't been recording in my training log (I will from now on, though!). One of the front boots (Easy Boot Epic) has a broken buckle and the gaiter is nearly torn as well, but the boot still seems to be in decent shape. Is there a Hoof Boot Fairy that will bring new boots if I put the old ones outside Red's stall one night? I will replace his hind boots, keeping the less worn Bare as a spare, and for now probably just replace the gaiter & buckle on the one Epic. Frugality is the name of the game these days!
If this weather continues, Red and I will probably get out at least once during the week for a blaze orange-emblazoned road ride. I know my days are numbered by the imminent arrival of snow, ice, subzero windchills, and lack of daylight, and I will yearn all winter for mind-emptying, meditative long trots with my boys. So, I make the most of every opportunity I have now, in this glorious season called autumn.