let's take a little trip on down to the riverbend

POSTED: Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:23 pm


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Getting Sedona back out to the stables had been one of his first priorities once she was good and ready to pick up where she left off. Nick knew that his sister was getting a little stir-crazy being cooped up in the house all day, and as she gradually gained strength and took more of her life back, he was there as much as she'd want him to be, supporting her every step of the way.

Hopi seemed to miss her rider, and he knew Sedona definitely felt the same way, so he arranged for them to go on a little excursion. Nothing too strenuous or anything that would be too much to handle right off the bat — of course, he was certain she could handle just about everything, considering how headstrong and capable she was. But still, he had no intentions of jumping in head-first.

"C'mon, daylight's burnin'," he coaxed her from the house, leading her out to the stables. "Let's go on a ride. Just you n' me. Like old times."

They arrived, and Tohopka, for one, was excited to go on a run. A real run. It had felt like ages. Chuckling at the stallion's antics, the cowboy hurried into the stables to grab two horse brushes, one for each of them, so they could prepare the equines for the ride. "I take it you still know how t'do this, Miss Sedona," he grinned cheekily at her, taunting her with the brush before finally handing it over, and he set to work brushing Tohopka's black pelt, loosing it of any debris and smoothing it out where the saddle would go.

He chuckled, giving Toh a hearty pat on his neck as he looked back at her. "I am gon' warn ya though; if this turns out to be a race, yer gon' lose, sorry t'tell ya."

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It didn't take much convincing to get the Whitesage sister to go out for a ride. It had been a while, yes, since she'd taken Hopi out. Since her attack, she'd needed to let her leg fully heal before she dared go out on the trail again. She'd need her full strength to control the mare, so she hadn't risked it. Until now. Having gone out on border patrols and successfully completed her work on the new guard platforms around the Vale, the woman was confident in her body again and its ability to ride.

Utilizing the brush her bother had handed her, Sedona stuck out her tongue playfully and she ran it along Hopi's painted coat. Of course she hadn't forgotten how to care for her horse. The equine stood still, a hind foot cocked lazily while she was being groomed. While Tohopka was all energy, Hopi was contained. She usually was the more docile of the two animals. Even if she hadn't been able to ride the mare, Sedona had taken the time almost every morning to turn the mare out to pasture. Sineria and Phoenix had been taking care of the horses and livestock in her absences as she worked on other projects and while she healed, but they always left some time for Hopi and her to bond during the day.

It was important for horse and rider to always have time together else each would become depressed. Making sure to follow the patterns and flow of the mare's pelt, the cowgirl kept an eye on Phoenix's progress on Toh's black coat. The dust was soon freed from the horses and they were ready for their hooves to be picked. Sedona went to grab the makeshift picks from the back wall of the barn and chuckled. "Is that a threat or a promise?" She teased. "How about we have a real race once we get out ridin'. She smirked, returning with the instruments and handing one off to her twin.

"You know Hopi's faster than Toh when she wants to be." She patted the mare's neck before bending and clucking her tongue for the equine to lift her foreleg so Sedona could check her foot. She began gently digging out the grime and left over road apple stuck in her hoof wall and frog while Hopi waited patiently, turning her head to sniff at Sedona's tail. "We should do a patrol while we're out too of course." She continued, moving to Hopi's other hoof and glancing up at her brother with a raised brow.
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POSTED: Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:54 pm


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He was having a time trying to getting to Toh's hindquarters as the stallion danced anxiously, just ready to get this over with and bolt out of here, but the black horse knew very well that the grooming process would take time — even if he didn't want to admit it. But Nick knew a thing or two about horses, and he knew it was particularly harmful to just head out without the proper preparations in place first. Antsy though Tohopka was, the cowboy knew better than to put his horse's impulsiveness before his overall health. It was just asking for disaster for both equine and rider alike.

Sedona left to grab the picks, and she forked one over before they both set to work on the next task, ridding their respective horses free of any debris that had gathered in their hooves. Phoenix followed suit, giving a little whistle for Toh to lift up a foot as he set to work. He was gentle but firm, dislodging bits of grime and dirt and whatever else had collected in the stallion's hooves since the last time they rode together — it wasn't as massive of an accumulation as Nick initially feared, but still enough to warrant a thorough cleaning before moving to the next step.

"I ain't opposed to a real race," he chortled, making his way over to grab the saddle for his companion and adjusting it upon his dark back. "Sure she is," he said flippantly, trying to brush off Sedona's little comment about Hopi — but she was probably right, even if he didn't want to admit it. Toh was a machine, sure, but his endurance wasn't all there. Hopi could easily outpace him if they went for long enough, and Nick wasn't entirely comfortable letting Tohopka get that winded by the end of all of it, even if that was what the stallion was trying to do.

Still, he was convinced that Toh would remember his limits and not push himself too hard. He was just anxious right now, eager to ride, and ride he would — but they would still play it safe, even in the face of a friendly competition. "Patrol?" He hummed as he worked with the saddle, securing it to his horse and fastening everything thusly. "Yeah, I reckon so," he agreed, looping the bridle over Toh's nose and neck and getting everything set up. Once he was finished, he stood back to inspect his work, making sure everything was in its proper place and he hadn't forgotten anything.

"Guess with all this trespassin' business it's more important now than ever, huh?" His voice was a bit lower, a bit more serious, but it was something the both of them were aware of. The winter had brought with it all sorts of trials and difficulties he had never faced back in Arizona, but the issue of the intruders had been something entirely new for even the Vale.

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