Flurry was barefoot once again today, and he felt great the whole time except for a short spell near home, when we were descending on a stony lane. I'm really pleased with how good his feet are, but I don't expect him to be able to trek full-time without his Renegade boots.
He is also much fitter now, and is hardly sweating at all on the shorter hacks. Of course, he's lost a lot of hair too, which helps. I attempted to make another Flurry (called Furry) out of his hair, but to be honest, I think it looks more like a Golden Retriever :
|Maybe Furry could be an Assistance Dog someday?|
|YD and Pepite|
So the YD said goodbye to Pepite (a little sadly) and the cavalry saddle (less sadly) and we headed into Apt for a flying visit to the market. It was the busiest we'd ever seen it, it's Easter weekend, of course, and the tourist season is really getting going now.
After a quick lunch, we headed back to Colorado Provencal with the LSH. We'd been raving about the colours and the walks, and we thought he'd enjoy it too. Of course we knew he would take ages to walk around, given that he'd be stopping every two minutes to take photos, so our plan was to do the "three hour" walk as fast as possible and then do one of the shorter walks.
|The YD and the hyper-terriers enjoying the view at Colorado Provencal|
Anne arrives back tomorrow (Sunday) but too late to ride. We're planning on a fairly easy hack on Monday, but on Tuesday, we're doing a sort of dress rehearsal for Le Big Trek. We're riding to a friend's house near Apt - the distance is approx 18km, over mixed terrain. It should give us a chance to think of other essential items we need to have in our saddle bags, and it should also give us a really good indication of the sort of distances we will be capable of covering when we officially start on Thursday.
Four days to go!