Great Idea Jim, bet you still out walked the horse.....
Nat looks a little nervous but I think thats because your standing there taking pictures......... Soon it will be time to get Nat out on the Mountain trails with you hiking along side. Sounds like fun to me.
This weekend Debi and I went up to Chadsey Lake on Sumas mountain, now there's a challenge! Loads of fun, except for the narrow rock edges we had to manouver the horses around. Yeehaw! We are going to have to take you and Nat up there soon, Nat on a horse of course.
As for the Helmut (not hard hat) but works the same way, Any horse or mule you ride, you should be wearing a helmet and not a cowgirl hat. Safety is riders first issue. Riding a bike requires the same, in fact most riding places won't allow anyone on a horse without one, would really put a damper on their insurance.
Anyother thought, is this:
My riding partner Debi was riding the trails 14 years ago with her husband, He was not wearing a helmut, the horse he was on was young and not as experienced on rocks or bog and tripped several times, the horse didn't throw him but the horse fell and he went flying off, Needless to say if he was wearing a helmut, he would be alive today.
Now in reply to Hiking_Nut's comment
"Hey Jim,.....earning spouce points ?"
Good job Jim! At least he knows how to keep his marriage alive and kicking! Besides, if you ever met Nat, you would see what a great person she is, and a good sport too! Debi and I would love to have her around on our rides anytime, hmmmmmmm, time to buy her a horse! Or at least lease one out for the summer! yeehaw!
The Only Place to be is on a Horse! (Or a Mule)