After turning right onto Route 4, we started a two mile run down this very busy road. Lori, the photographer for the Concord Monitor met us about a mile down the road. She would periodically shoot pictures of the girls and wagon for the next few miles. While on this segment of the trip, some concerned but ignorant citizen decided that horses pulling a wagon constituted cruelty to animals. The Northwood Police stopped us a little later on to inform us of this. The police officer was polite and agreed that no laws were being broken.
Shortly after this and about a mile short of our destination, we took a little shortcut cutoff. There was a fairly steep hill on this road. I wanted to see how well the mares would do on the steep grade, this late in the day - it was a struggle. After about 10 minutes, we finally made the hill. I learned two good lessons here; keep the wagon as light as possible, and donít push it at the end of the day.
Dolly threw a rear shoe while pulling on this hill. I had planned to re-shoe her when we got to Philís place at the end of the day. To keep her from wearing down her hoof, we stopped right away while I put new shoes on her.
The rather poor condition of Dollyís rear hoof walls might limit the amount of future travel we can do (until she grows more hoof). Iím going to talk to a farrier next week about getting some filler material for the hooves.