Thoughts, wanderings and happenings around the New River Trail Rides pasture
Like most humans, the horses at ACE’s on-site stables, New River Trail Rides, are excited that the snow has decided to vacate our property in favor of something we can get excited about (and eat), green grass!
Jeff spent the winter making sure we were fed and had plenty of water and hay to get us through the winter. Some days were much easier than others and I kept wondering if spring would ever come.
Oh, let me introduce myself. I am Waldo (some refer to me as “Waldo the Wonder Mule”) and I’m the new official ‘spokesmule’ for the stable.
I’ll try and keep you up to date with the happenings and activities of me and my 30 herd mates at the stable. We are a group full of variety – draft mules, draft horses, quarter horses and even a pony for Jeff’s (the boss) son, Colton.
We’ve already started our season and I’ll share with you that this is my favorite time in the New River Gorge. We’ve had two and a half hour trips and half-day excursions for the past month.
I’ve seen the Gorge go from brown to a lush green (and gotten in trouble for trying to munch my way down the trail) and started to hear the noise and excitement of those rafters as they plunge down the river. After a day on the river, a few hours in the saddle is the best way to end the day!
Along the way, I’ll share with you why ACE is my retirement home, what makes a mule a mule, introduce you to Caroline and the staff at the barn, tell you why we are considered “highly intelligent” and how we were instrumental in the building of the New River Gorge. Sit back in the saddle, take hold of the reins and walk with me – it will be a great trip.